The Importance of Objectively Appraising Work Performance – Weekly Update

The Importance of Objectively Appraising Work Performance – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

As the President of New York City SHRM, I can’t stress enough the paramount importance of managers possessing both the requisite skills and an unwavering commitment to objectively appraising work performance. In the dynamic landscape of today’s workplaces, effective performance appraisal isn’t merely a box to be checked — it’s the cornerstone of fostering employee growth, driving organizational success, and cultivating a culture of excellence.

Objective performance appraisal serves as the linchpin for fair and equitable decision-making processes, including promotions, compensation adjustments, and developmental opportunities. When managers possess the skills to assess performance objectively, they can identify strengths to leverage and areas for improvement to address. This approach not only enhances individual performance but also bolsters team effectiveness and organizational productivity.

Moreover, objective performance appraisal instills a sense of trust and transparency within the workforce. Employees need assurance that their contributions are being evaluated fairly and based on merit rather than favoritism or bias. When managers demonstrate a commitment to fairness and objectivity in their appraisal processes, they foster a culture of trust, respect, and accountability.

Furthermore, investing in the development of managers’ appraisal skills isn’t just a nicety — it’s a strategic imperative. Effective performance management is directly correlated with employee engagement, retention, and ultimately, organizational success. By equipping managers with the tools and knowledge necessary to conduct objective performance appraisals, we empower them to drive employee engagement, foster talent development, and propel our organizations toward excellence in the ever-evolving landscape of the 21st century workplace.

Be well.


President, New York City SHRM

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