Employers fail to give fifth of new joiners appraisal after first year, study reveals

Managers ‘too busy’ to offer formal feedback, say more than a third of staff    

On paper, appraisals are the yearly event employees face with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation – but that’s if staff actually have one at all.

And research released by Enterprise Study shows that a shocking number of employees still do not. Just one-in-five staff employed for longer than a year said they have yet to experience their first annual review.

The survey – with 2,168 full times employer over the age of 21 –  found 19 per cent of people in employment for a year hadn’t had an appraisal yet. Of those who had been through one, 43 per cent had to request it themselves, with 27 per cent having to wait more than six months to have it.

The findings reveal a disappointing level of employee neglect at an important early stage of these new-joiners careers. Shona Fletcher, CEO of Enterprise Study, said: “Almost two thirds of respondents said they’d feel happier and more comfortable with their job if they had an appraisal, with a further 38 per cent saying they’d welcome constructive criticism on the areas in which they need to improve.”

She added: “There’s never an excuse not to sit down with your employees and give them an appraisal – it’s a great way to boost staff morale, particularly when you’re giving praise where it’s due.”

As well as revealing how a dearth of appraisals will impact morale, the research also exposed the reasons why employers were failing to sit down to discuss performance. Respondents identified managers ‘being too busy’ as the single-biggest reason for a lack of appraisals (38 per cent), with only 57 per cent of staff saying their managers initiated an appraisal themselves.

Worryingly however, there is the suggestion some employers believe their small size and more informal nature doesn’t require a structured appraisal process. Staff said the fact they worked in a ‘small environment’ (35 per cent) was a key reason why appraisals didn’t happen. Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) also blamed the ‘informal setting’ they worked in for ‘not creating the need for an annual appraisal’.

Fletcher said: “Employees feel valued when you take the time to sit down with them and ask for their opinions on how they’re getting on, how the team is doing and if there’s any issues that they may have.”

She added: “Appraisals don’t have to last long but the time is worth investing. Businesses will reap the rewards in the long run if appraisals are done properly. It’s always important to tackle difficult conversations face on, and it’s important to ensure they are covered formally. These situations needn’t be negative.”

Story via – http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2015/12/17/employers-fail-to-give-fifth-of-new-joiners-appraisal-after-first-year-study-reveals.aspx

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