Performance Appraisals: Out Damn Spot!

That’s a little overboard and Chris McKinney’s post, Getting Rid of Performance Reviews at HR Lawyer’s Blog, actually has some helpful ideas for making them better.

Performance appraisals has always been one of my hot buttons, second only to job descriptions. About the latter my standard comment is — if they are up to date and complete, they are excellent — however, that does not describe any job descriptions I have ever seen.

Performance appraisals are probably more often done better, but there are way too many that are done at the last minute and do little if anything to really improve performance, and quite often are more likely as nothing more than candidates to be Exhibit 1 in the Plaintiff’s case against the employer.

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