Employee Appraisals

What is an Appraisal?

An employee appraisal, also known as a performance appraisal, is a method of discussing, evaluating and documenting an employee’s performance in their job role.


Why should an employer conduct appraisals?

Appraisals allow you to enhance the communication between line managers and their employees, recognise achievements and strengths, as well as discuss weaknesses, training needs and any potential issues.

They are an opportunity to sit down and review performance over a set period. The appraiser’s role is to help ensure that the employee’s past and current performance is jointly and reviewed, and is based on evidence.


What benefit do appraisals bring to your business?

Appraisals are a great way of approaching delicate issues that could have resulted in grievances, disputes and a potential breakdown in work relationships if not addressed.

When done properly, they will result in employees who wish to:

  1. Learn and enhance their skills.
  2. Stay motivated and feel appreciated.
  3. Reach their maximum potential.
  4. Maximise your return on investment.


Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts when conducting an appraisal? 


  • Both employer and employee should prepare for the appraisal
  • Review previous appraisal documents and any targets
  • Objectively review both positives and any negatives in performance/attitudes
  • Agree targets/objectives for the next year
  • Following completion record and file appraisal documentation


  • Focus purely on the negatives
  • Treat it as a disciplinary meeting
  • Skirt over or fail to deal with any conduct or capability issues
  • Wait for the appraisal to raise any performance issues
  • Rush or not give the employee appropriate time

In order to be effective, appraisals need to be conducted honestly. The appraisal should reflect the employee’s true performance. If you fail to tackle performance issues this could cause you problems further down the line.


To ensure you follow best practice and make the most out of your company appraisal process and to discover more of how we can help contact our HR team on 01527 571617 or hrsupport@agilityrac.com