The benefits of appraisals

Why do you carry out appraisals with your staff ? Is it because you are told to by HR ?

If that is the case then you are not alone. It is regarded by some managers as a waste of time and a pointless paper exercise.

HOWEVER, it doesn’t have to be like that.

There are many benefits –

1) For YOU (the manager)

  • Exchange of views away from normal pressures of work
  • Identification of issues before they become problems
  • Better understanding of individual capabilities and aspirations
  • An opportunity to motivate!


  • A structured way of identifying and assessing potential
  • Aligns organisation goals with individual objectives
  • Aids in succession planning
  • A method of personnel development and continuous improvement

3) For YOUR STAFF (individual being appraised).

  • Learning their role within the organisation
  • Learning how their performance is perceived.
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Having an opportunity to raise problems and ask questions.

Properly done appraisals can be extremely valuable, as demonstrated above but how do you make sure that it is done properly?

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