4) Employee PA interview where the manager meets with the appraisee for an hour to discuss the manager's appraisal, the subordinate's self-appraisal, and how to improve.
On the other side of the desk, the appraisee tends to selectively hide potentially damaging information that could hurt his being judged highly but tends to openly state weaknesses that could be rectified when the appraiser is acting as a counselor.
Thorough preparation by the appraisee (and appraiser)
An appraisee should be allowed reasonable time to prepare.
Train all appraisers in giving, and appraisees in receiving, critical feedback.
Consider whether to hold development sessions in which appraisees can offer support to each other.
Delays might cloak lies because the appraisee might not remember all of his/her performance from the past year.
Both actions reduce the ability of appraisees to compare their present performance to their past performance.
In a pre-meeting briefing inform the appraisee of the purpose of the appraisal and the structure that it will follow.
inform the appraisee of work to prepare in advance, such as identifying strengths and achievements, or weaknesses and failures, over the past year
With improvement and development as guiding principles the appraisal process focuses on: results and behaviour, not personality; issues and problems, not subjective gripes; constructive development to improve performance; and the motivation and growth of the appraisee
offering help and suggestions but letting the appraisee
arrive at their own solutions to problems
The focus of performance appraisals has shifted in recent years away from evaluation and strict appraisal towards improving performance and developing the appraisee
by means of a well-prepared, honest and open discussion.
Prepare and support people for their different roles--as appraiser, appraisee
, and facilitator.
Great bosses really listen during appraisals (well, actually they are great at listening all the time - that is one reason why they are so good in the round) and their appraisees
know that they are being listened to.