Laying the appraisal to rest

Posted: January 31, 2017

We live in a world of instant gratification. I want it all and I want it now.

It’s the opposite of what we’re taught, and let’s face it, waiting can be hard work.

Modern technology does nothing but feed the ability to satisfy ourselves instantaneously. We can order shoes at a moment’s notice, we can receive an opinion from a friend in seconds. And in not having to wait, we gain a feeling of fulfilment that makes us feel good.

So, in a people industry it makes sense to reflect this changing pattern of behaviour and use it to help develop careers.

The dreaded ritual of the performance appraisal strikes annually, where feedback is given once a year on an individual’s performance. In changing times it makes more sense to look forward, getting rid of this emotive meeting and replacing it with rolling objectives and less formal development discussions that take place every few months.

Giving constant feedback throughout the year encapsulates what a new generation of employees want. It encompasses clear direction, constant variety, an agile outlook and provides opportunities for continual learning.

Technology has given us all a way of getting what we want, without the wait. So let’s embrace this sentiment and help move careers forward now rather than tomorrow.

Anna Brown – HR Manager