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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article A quarter of employees start looking for a new job within two weeks of a badappraisal, according to new research.The survey, which examined appraisals on 500 employees, also found 40 percent had begun a job search within a month.Paul Jacobs, director of corporate communications at recruitment consultancyOffice Angels, which commissioned the survey, said managers need to be aware ofthe pitfalls.And he warned that clumsily handled appraisals could send valuable employeesstraight into the arms of competitors. “The time spent on the appraisalcould mean the difference between motivating their staff or looking for a newcandidate.”The research identified common mistakes made by managers, includingcontinuously postponing the appraisal, rushing through it, and taking telephonecalls during the meeting.The research also found that a third of employees waited for up to a year ata time for feedback on how their career was progressing.Russell Martin, global HR director at data services firm Primark, said thereis a difference between a badly handled appraisal and a negative one that isfair.”If you give someone a bad appraisal, then, in a good organisation,that should not be news to that individual. If someone is given a bad appraisalwith continuous feedback, and wishes to leave, then to a certain extent that isa success for the organisation. You should be managing them out.”Primark spends considerable effort training line managers in how to carryout appraisals and give feedback.P&O head office personnel manager, Ken Windsor, said: “Appraisalshave to be done properly and that means with thought and care.For example, I think a good appraisal will identify training needs. Thatmakes it useful to both employer and employee.” Clumsy appraisals start employees on job huntOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more