Staff appraisal formPerformance not PolitenessFormal performance appraisal systems often ask managers to comment or rate allsorts of things that are not only difficult to judge, but have little or nothing to do withperformance: demeanour, presentation, co-operation, initiative, attitude, to maintain afew. Make sure your performance appraisal is about performance - the results that theemployee achieves on the job.Performance and BehaviourIve read lots of definitions of these words. The best Ive found is this: "Performance iswhat you leave behind. Behaviour is what you take with you." Managers often allowemployee behaviour to interfere with evaluation of their performance. When thishappens, "good" behaviour often masks poor performance and "poor" behaviouroverrides good performance.Clear Performance StandardsTo measure performance you must have clear performance standards. If you dont tellyour employees exactly what you want, how can you measure whether they providesit?You Get What You ExpectExpect the best. Explain to employees exactly what you mean by "best" and howyoull measure it. Create systems to enable them to attain "best". Do that and youllprobably get "best" or close to it. Fail to do it and youll be lucky to get third best.Thats what employees will believe you expect.Appraisal DailyYou should be measuring employee performance at least weekly and preferably daily.This is simple, precise and fast when you have clear, measurable performancestandards. If your standards are clear enough and your systems are sound enough,your employees will know how well theyre doing long before you do.Stay Informed and PreparedGood systems and clear performance standards are the cornerstones of superior staffperformance. With these in place, youll have ready access to the information youneed to decide "how well theyre doing". If you want to have a formal interview withan employee, youll have plenty of time and be well prepared.ConclusionTheres no need to complete a form in order to undertake a successful performanceappraisal. In fact, filling in elaborate appraisal forms is likely to hinder rather thanhelp successful appraisal. Make employee performance a daily concern. And expectthe best.http://performanceappraisalebooks.info/ : Over 200 ebooks, templates, forms forperformance appraisal.