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Employee Performance Reviews: Productive or Destructive?

November 6, 2015 by Dr. Jon Warner in Performance Management

Employee Performance Reviews: Productive or Destructive?

In many companies, especially the larger ones, performance appraisals or reviews are commonplace and have almost become part of the administration “chore” that has to be completed at least once a year. But the more they are perceived to be a chore, the more likely it is that they can become a pain for both the manager and the employee. We therefore need to ensure that the whole review process is as productive as possible and this means that we should regularly review the process and make adjustments as necessary.

The infographic below is one way in which we might review whether our employee performance review or appraisal system is optimal, or more simply is an easy way to determine whether it is highly productive at one end of the continuum or destructive at the other. The information it contains is self-explanatory but perhaps the key facts from recent research are in the middle of the chart – 30% of all employee reviews actually end up reducing employee performance and 90% are “painful and ineffective”. No-one sets out to create a system that has these kinds of results but if yours is like the average one, you may want to make some changes (and especially those briefly described at the bottom of this infographic).

Employee Performance Reviews: Productive or Destructive?

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Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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