Avoiding the pitfalls of misleading appraisals

Proper documentation is essential to avoid complications down the road
By Evert Akkerman and Justine Laurier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2017
Pitfalls
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Each time we start a fresh new year, we leave the annual performance review process safely behind us. We can usually assume we’ll never see the appraisal document and its ratings, comments and initials again. It disappears into a filing cabinet, where it goes dormant. Or so it may seem.

The review process often represents a lot of movement and little progress, and both the appraiser and the appraised dread this annual, ritual dance. A-players lament that there is no real difference between those who perform well and are self-motivated, versus those who are along for the ride and pocket their biweekly attendance fee.

When there is no accountability for failure or success, many won’t bother to make an effort.