The manner of conducting appraisals has a powerful impact on levels of trust and commitment. It should vary, taking into account:
the particular person
the situation, and
the organisational style.
Before and during the appraisal meeting, a useful framework for understanding this variation is to look at the degree of involvement of the appraiser and the appraisee in the discussion process.
Directive. At one extreme, the appraising manager takes a strong lead, doing most of the talking and decision-making.
Self-directive appraisal. At the other extreme, the appraisee takes decisions and does most of the talking, so that there is a strong element of self-appraisal.
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