Performance Appraisal

Essay by lutex4University, Bachelor'sA-, October 2008

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The performance appraisal is one of the most widely discussed and deliberated management practices. It has given rise to a number of differing viewpoints. There are those who see performance appraisal as making an important contribution to human resource management, in that organizations require systematic information on how well employees are performing in his or her jobs as a key element in ensuring that human resources are used as effectively as possible. The performance appraisal used at Midwestern Health Care Center and Rehabilitation is the graphic rating scale method. Midwestern Health Care and Rehabilitation ensures that its managers are trained and well versed in the appraisal tools usage; this prevents improper utilization and confusion.

Performance appraisals are of importance to the organization, as they often provide the only measure of an individual's contribution and as such the means for identifying either over or under achievement and determine the merit increase.

The information on a performance appraisal identifies strengths and weaknesses among employees for a defined period and "what is expected of him or her, usually accompanied by a permanent record for the employee's personnel file." (McConnell, 2007) A performance appraisal also helps evaluators locate areas for necessary training and development. The performance appraisal also helps employers implement appropriate reward policies designed to improve the performance of the employees. Performance appraisals are a necessity in order to stay in compliance with Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). According to Burns, "from the point of view of an employee, performance appraisals should provide timely and accurate feedback on what the employer expects, how well the employee is meeting those expectations, and what the employee should do to improve his or her performance" (1996). Performance appraisals are only good if they are carried out accurately by the managers or supervisors...