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Does performance appraisal motivate employees at a workplace

Jose, Ambily (2011) Does performance appraisal motivate employees at a workplace. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This thesis will uncover the question ‘if performance appraisal motivate employees at a
workplace or not’. It has been found that the company is facing issues that are related to
performance appraisal; the company is not able to reach its goals and objectives. Employees and
managers are not really interested in doing an appraisal only because it’s compulsory they
conduct it. I have been with the company for almost 2 years and during this time I have noticed
that my colleagues always found a reason to avoid it and felt that its time consuming and they do
not have time to do this.
My research will mainly focus on the reason why they do not prefer doing performance appraisal
and what is the reason behind this. Is the problem with the appraisal forms or is it with
employees or managers. My research will also suggest some ways that the company can adapt to
improve these issues. While conducting Interviews and questionnaires, I found that there are
issues mostly revolving around communication related to performance appraisal, goals and
My research survey was conducted among 60 employees including department heads and staffs,
a total of 45employees responded resulting in a 75% response rate. Both qualitative and
quantitative research methods through semi-structured interviews and close ended questionnaires
were analysed to get an in-depth view about the problem.
The results of the survey signified that the reason why employees are not interested to do
performance appraisal is because firstly they are not clear ‘what exactly is a performance
appraisal and what does it do and secondly they feel that it’s ineffective that is, after the
performance appraisal reviewing, no action is taken to improve anything.
To change this situation the management needs to first address the issue of communication that
is, explain employees what is performance appraisal and why it is important to conduct a
performance and how will it help them in future and also explain the company’s goals and
objectives. Recommendations and implementations are given to the organization on how to
change their old performance appraisal to a new one.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Timothy Lawless
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 15:53
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 15:44

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