How do I complete the identification of the components of an effective performance appraisal program by completing a research paper describing the characteristics of an ideal appraisal system using...

How do I complete the identification of the components of an effective performance appraisal program by completing a research paper describing the characteristics of an ideal appraisal system using APA guidelines?

  • Using headings as needed to clarify the presentation of material
  • Including an introductory paragraph that incorporates a thesis statement
  • Including a summary paragraph
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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main strategy you should use for completing this assignment is to use subheadings to separate different aspects of performance appraisal into clearly organized subtopics. You might want to use the following structure:

Introduction: Discuss the importance of performance appraisals in helping businesses succeed. Your thesis should be something on the order of "Performance appraisals can be a key factor in improving the productivity of businesses."

Purposes of performance appraisal: In your first body section, discuss the different purposes of performance appraisal, including effects on productivity, employee motivation, training programs, and employee retention.

Importance of clear job descriptions: To do effective performance appraisals, an organization needs clear job descriptions. In this section, discuss how job descriptions or lack thereof can help or hinder the appraisal process. 

Frequency and Stakeholders: In this section discuss the people who should provide input to performance appraisals (supervisors, employee self-assessment, etc.) and how often appraisals should be done. While some organizations simply do a pro forma annual appraisal, some forms of continuous or more frequent feedback are more useful for employee development. 

Level of detail: The more specific the feedback, the more useful it is. In other words, saying a salesperson needs to sell more widgets is less useful than saying that the salesperson needs to meet the department average of 50 widget sales per day. 

Conclusion: Discuss how the suggestions made in the body paragraphs can improve the company bottom line.

 

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