Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Managing for Performance Evaluation

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Managing for Performance Evaluation

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Introduction Employee performance evaluation is one of the most widely researched management practices. In this issue of "Research Update," findings are summarized on the status, process and accuracy of performance appraisal in private and municipal organizations.

Impact of this Research Performance appraisal is a communication process that leads to wise decisions about achieving work-place goals. It is primarily a management tool for enhancing social interactions among employees, their supervisors and their constituents. In spite of the large amount of research on effectively utilizing the performance appraisal management tool, and its extensive use in the private sector, only one in four municipalities nationwide have a formal system.

How to Use the Research Use a range of appraisal sources including supervisor, self, peer and subordinate ratings because as the number of sources increases, so does the accuracy of the performance information.

Use behavioral-based judgement criteria focused on making progress toward specific goals.

Incorporate comments from the employee in a formal way including a discussion of her/his career goals and issues.

Those who rate others need rater training on using performance evaluation instruments and on giving feedback. …

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