Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Performance Appraisals considered harmful

Abolishing Performance Appraisals makes a powerful case for removing this well intended yet ineffective ritual organizations have been requiring for decades. Coens and Jenkins provide solid reason why appraisals have to go, to be replaced with quality feedback mechanisms including coaching and support structures that enable employees to maximize their own potential.
(synopsis by reviewer Carlos Quintero.)

Although there is no 'cookbook' approach for designing an organization that does not need appraisals, in my opinion being democratic is a good start.

Btw, I'm reading the Dutch version.

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