Every workplace has its idiosyncratic seasonal events, and HR is perhaps most visible during the annual performance appraisal. Why? Because employees dislike them. They are time-consuming, involve too much paperwork, HR would even do better to drop them altogether and find a better performance-management tool. Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
A recent US poll of 2,677 people (1,800 employees, 645 HR managers, and 232 CEOs) by San Francisco-based rewards-and-recognition consulting firm Achievers revealed 98% of staff find annual performance reviews unnecessary. Remember – among the 2,677 respondents, a quarter were HR professionals.
Edward Lawler, professor of business at University of Southern California, reacted by declaring: “Performance appraisals are dead.” But he also unveiled research showing 93% of companies use annual appraisals, and only 6% have considered dropping them…..