1. The manager doesn’t seem that interested
If an appraisal feels like a pointless exercise of checking boxes that is only organised because it is needs to be organised, it is doomed to fail from the start. A genuinely engaged manager prepares for the appraisal in advance, ensures it’s unrushed, held in a quiet location, and considers each employee’s unique needs. Besides giving honest feedback and asking open questions, the manager should consider the employee’s answers while making plans for the coming months. This is the time and place to listen, plan and adapt the current and future priorities. It is also a very good opportunity for the manager to learn, and to develop skills.
2. Targets are not explained properly
Sharing simple feedback is not enough. The purpose of an appraisal is to analyse the employee’s performance and enable personal development. When it comes to discussing professional growth and targets, it’s just as important to ask ”how” and ”when” as it is to ask ”what”. It’s also crucial to monitor any agreed targets and to review progress. After a successful appraisal, the employee should have a clear view of what it takes to lift their performance to an even higher level.
3. The content of the appraisal is poorly planned
Many organisations use a universal appraisal form across the company. This works very well – as long as the content is well-planned. Besides past performance, the form should steer the discussion towards employee motivation, training needs, and what the employee prefers to focus on in the future. Anything the employee would like to discuss should be discussed, regardless of whether it’s on the form or not. It’s also a good idea to add, remove or edit questions to ensure they are a good fit for different roles. A universal appraisal form helps organisations maximise the benefits of appraisals. This enables the collection of consistent data to support strategic decision making. To help you get a head start, we have created an appraisal form template that you can download and use in your own organisation. Keep in mind that you can edit, add and delete questions if you feel this is necessary.