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What is the purpose of an appraisal?

What is the purpose of an appraisal?

The purpose of an appraisal is to:

  • Review an employee’s ongoing performance;
  • Provide praise and encouraging feedback on employee’s strengths and achievements;
  • Identify areas of development and improvement; and
  • Set objectives, expectations and development areas.

Appraisals provide an opportunity for employees to learn by reflection and take ownership by proactively evaluating their performance. There should be no surprises for the employee i.e. if there are any concerns with an employee’s performance, these should be brought to attention as they arise, and not held back until the employee’s next appraisal.