WORKERS THINK APPRAISALS ARE A WASTE OF TIME
They’re a part of the working world a lot of employees dread, and now new research shows many people believe annual appraisals are actually pointless. 44 % of the respondents in the research group, conducted by YouGov for Investors In People, said they felt their bosses were not honest in appraisal sessions, with a further 21 % believing their appraisals had been unfair. A fifth of respondents felt the whole exercise was a waste of time because their boss never followed up on the concerns they expressed during the appraisal.
According to Simon Jones, the Acting Chief Executive of Investors In People, many managers are missing a golden opportunity to motivate and guide their staff by not using the appraisal process effectively. ‘Annual reviews can be hugely beneficial to both employer and employee, identifying areas for development,’ he says. ‘However, many of these benefits will be lost if managers avoid difficult issues and hold things back.
REAL WORLD’S TOP TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPRAISAL
- Don’t dread your appraisal coming round. Instead see it as a golden opportunity to put your views across.
- Be prepared. Write a list of things you feel you have achieved in the past year as well as new challenges you would like to face in the future. Include any work areas where you have experienced difficulties and feel you need help or guidance.
- Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, but if you do have gripes put them forward in a reasoned and positive manner explaining you are looking for solutions rather than just whining.
- Do ask for full and frank feedback that will help you fulfil future targets.