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Appraisals by Infinite Ideas

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4. Formal appraisal systems

What’s in this chapter for you

  • Understanding the paperwork
  • Getting the timing right
  • Balanced reviews
  • Why interviews are vital
  • Types of formal systems
  • Get the most from formal appraisals

‘My boss was an ‘ideas man’. He owned the company so who was I to argue?! He picked up the idea of appraisals from a management book and dreamt up an assessment form which would have driven the Plain English Society to drink. None of us knew how to complete it in a sensible way yet the boss refused to see it as anything other than the work of a genius!’

– Dave Taylor, systems analyst

So far, we have looked at the informal appraisal skills that you as a manager must use daily. It is now time to look in detail at formal appraisal skills ...

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