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Waste of Time: 33% of UK Workers Hate Appraisals

Waste of Time: 33% of UK Workers Hate Appraisals

A survey of UK workers undertaken by Badenoch & Clark has found that 33% think that appraisals are a waste of time and have no impact on their career.

1,000 office workers were quizzed on their feelings about meetings recently. The responses have revealed a fair amount of apathy towards conversations with the boss.

  • 5% spend a mandatory 15 hours a year in appraisals
  • 37% spend a minimum 7 hours a year in appraisals
  • 33% think these meetings are a waste of time

The overwhelming feeling among this dissatisfied third of the workforce is that appraisals are merely contractual and have no bearing on the realities of the day to day job role.

One Size Fits None

ΓÇ£Many organisations adopt a ‘once a year’ approach towards appraisals which means the process is scheduled and collation of employee feedback is often carried out through standardised forms or systems,ΓÇ¥ says Badenoch & Clark MD, Nicola Linkleter.

ΓÇ£There is nothing inherently wrong with this but to gain the full benefits of appraisals for both the organisation and the individual involved it is important that personal development and assessment doesn’t stop there.ΓÇ¥

‘Key to Culture’

ΓÇ£Appraisals are actually a very good idea but need to place the employee at the centre of the process,ΓÇ¥ Telefonica Digital HR Director, Simon Linares, told HR Magazine.

ΓÇ£They are key to an open and transparent culture and create alignment around what is going well and what isn’t – so there are no surprises basically. But appraisals are just one part of any good process and can obviously prompt conversations to happen.ΓÇ¥

Do you think appraisals are a waste of your time or would you be lost without direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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