Performance appraisals are something most of us are familiar with and probably don’t really enjoy (unless you’re accustomed to getting great appraisals!) – that said, there have recently been more widespread grumblings about this organizational tradition. Is a shift in the fundamentals of performance management upon us? Are there compelling alternatives to performance appraisals? In this episode, we discuss some of the fundamentals of performance appraisals, cover the recent debate about their effectiveness, and share our own views on the topic.
1:54: The basics of performance appraisals
8:40: The trouble with performance appraisals – two conflicting purposes
15:53: The debate about performance appraisals
18:37: Alternatives to performance appraisals
28:12: Shifting the burden of appraisals from people to machines
32:24: Additional readings and wrap-up
Mentioned This Episode:
Open-access article – Performance appraisal debate
Open-access article – Performance evaluation will not die, but it should
HBR – Deloitte’s alternative to traditional performance management
Video – Big Ideas in Performance Management
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Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. Our transition music for this episode is “New Day” also by Lee; licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0).
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