The least complex method for appraising performance requires the appraiser to mark an employee’s level of performance on a pre-designed, designated form. The most common category rating methods are included in this listing.
This is the most commonly used category rating method. An appraiser checks the appropriate place on the scale for each task listed. A typical example is a five-point rating scale whereas 1 is below standard, 3 is standard, and 5 is above standard. There is typically a comments section. Whereas the appraiser can provide more detail about the employee’s performance. A version of this appraisal method is the current Professional Staff Employee Development Evaluation tool.
The appraiser is given a list of statements or words and checks the items on the list which best describes the characteristics and performance of an employee. Sometimes the items are weighted and then tabulated to arrive at some quantifiable result or total. An example in your handout packet is the Employee Evaluation Checklist.
Is a variation of the checklist method in which the appraiser is required to check two of four statements; one that the employee is “most like” and one that the employee is “least like.” The choices are a combination of positive and negative statements. Constructing the statements can be difficult.
The appraiser directly compares the performance of each employee with that of the other employees.
The appraiser lists all employees from highest to lowest, best to the poorest in performance. This system is often limited in that the amount of the difference between the varying numbers is not typically prescribed. Therefore, there may be a little difference between employee 2 and employee 3, but a big difference between employee 19 and employee 20, for example.
Each of the employees is paired with every other employee and compared, one at a time, using the same scale for performance.
Employees are rated and placed at different percentage points along a bell-shaped curve. The survey may be divided into five sections with 10% of the employees will fall into the poor section while 10% of the employees will fall into the excellent section.
These appraisal methods will have the appraiser submit written narrative performance appraisals.
The appraiser writes a short essay describing the performance of each employee during the rating period. The appraiser may be given several topic areas for comment such as quality of work, quantity of work.
A record of employee actions is kept in addition to actual ratings. Both positive and negative actions are recorded for the entire rating period. The narrative is written then around the critical incidents for the rating period.
The supervisor/manager as well as HR professional cooperate in doing the rating. The HR professional interviews the supervisor and takes notes concerning the performance of each employee. After the interview, the notes are compiled by the HR department and comparison ratings are arrived at for each employee. Ratings are then submitted to the supervisor for approval or changes.
These special appraisals try to overcome some of the difficulties associated with the appraisal of employees.
Used to combat the problems of category rating by describing examples of desirable and undesirable behavior. Examples are then measured against a scale of performance levels. Clearly indicate the behavior associated with each level of performance. Different BARS must be developed for every different job category.
Is a variation of the BARS BOS also assesses the frequency of the behavior
Concept of upward feedback. Performance info is collected from all those around the employee - supervisors, subordinates, peer, and internal and external customers.