How Does A Manager Appraise Staff Fairly &
After eading all the pages of this outline, you
should be able to:
- Recognise the importance of staff
- Recognise the need for fairness
- Devise an appropriate system
- Implement and evaluate it
There are many ways of measuring performance -
some good, some not worth the paper they are written on, if paper is
Every organisation operates an appraisal system
whether it acknowledges it or not -
how does senior management choose someone
to fill a position?
a quick appraisal is put into
the resulting choice is not
necessarily, nor even likely to be, the fairest nor the
Formal staff appraisal is not widespread in
Australia - or where you live? - because of lack of time and
Mostly conducted only when need arises.
- Most were closed systems - staff did not know
what was being written about them - now open?
- Tend to be for white collar, low & middle
- Tend to favour personality characteristics
rather than job performance
NB use of psychometric questionnaires is now
growing and there have been cases where they have been used to
provide a reason for down sizing. Discussion in later
from The Guardian, UK, Monday November 1, 1999
Have you got a progress review soon?
Here's hoping you do better than the
following, taken from real employee evaluations.
- Since my last report, this employee
has reached rock bottom and shows signs of starting to
- His men would follow him anywhere,
but only out of morbid curiosity.
- I would not allow this man to
- This associate is really not so much
of a has-been, but more of a definitely won't
- Works well when under constant
supervision and cornered like a rat in a
- When he opens his mouth, it seems
that this is only to change whichever foot was previously
- He would be out of his depth in a
parking lot puddle.
- This man has delusions of
- He sets low personal standards and
the consistently fails to achieve them.
- This employee should go far the
sooner he starts, the better.
- This employee is depriving a village
somewhere of an idiot.
- Not the sharpest knife in the
- Got into the gene pool while the
lifeguard wasn't looking.
- A room temperature IQ
- Got a full six-pack, but is missing
the plastic thingy that holds it together.
- A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse
than an ordinary ignoramus.
- A photographic memory but with the
lens cover glued on.
- A prime candidate for natural
- Bright as Alaska in
- One-celled organisms outscore him in
- Donated his brain to science before
he was quite finished using it.
- Fell out of his family
- The gates are down, the lights are
flashing, but the trains isn't coming.
- This man has two brains: one is lost
and the other is out looking for it.
- He's so dense that light bends around
- If brains were taxed, he would get a
- Any dumber and he would have to be
watered twice a week.
- If you gave him a penny for his
thoughts, you would get change back.
- If you stand close enough to him, you
can hear the ocean.
- It's hard to believe that he beat out
1,000,000 other sperm.
- One neuron short of a
- Some drink from the fountain of
knowledge, he gargled.
- Was left on the Tilt-A-Whirl a bit
too long as a baby.
- Not the brightest bulb in the
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