The traditional appraisal process has been around for decades. Good job because it keeps us in the business of providing appraisal training courses!
It involves an annual meeting with a supervisor where employees must listen to their strengths and downfalls, and areas where they must improve.
These appraisals bring about a similar attitude of dread from both the appraiser and the appraisee – no one looks forward to these meetings.
Additionally, they have been found time and time again to be completely ineffective.
The revolution to completely change the traditional appraisal is already happening in companies around the world.
What will the appraisal look like in 10 years time?
The idea that an employee must make an appointment to check in with their manager once a year about their performance is getting to be prehistoric.
Companies that are moving into the new age understand that managers and their staff must work together on a regular basis and feel free to interact.
Modern managers must understand that when feedback is given months after an event, the employee may not recall it, and the conversation will be pointless.
The future of appraisals will turn into consistent and timely feedback that consists of informational conversations between the appraiser and the appraisee.
The boss will step in once a day or a few times per week to express their gratitude for a job well done, or express areas that need to be addressed.
Focus On The Future Rather The Past
Most appraisals focus on the past; typically held at the end of the year, leaders express how the employee performed during the last 12 months.
If the performance was as or better than expected, the employee usually gets financial compensation in the form of a raise and/or a bonus.
If the employee did not perform up to par, they are not rewarded.
In 10 years time, appraisers will understand that the true reason for appraisals is to focus on the future rather than dwell on the past.
They will work with their employees to evaluate which areas they need to improve in, and figure out what resources they need to excel.
Focus On Teamwork
Instead of focusing on individual achievements, future appraisals will focus on teamwork, which is becoming the goal of many businesses.
Employers are starting to understand that employees are not islands, and they must work together to foster communication, transparency, the flow of information and collaboration.
Instead of being judged solo, managers will evaluate how well entire teams are working, and provide development of opportunities for teams to improve.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 19 September, 2017
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