n Nine out of 10 firms use appraisals to identify skills gaps and
development needs, according to a study carried out by IRS Employment Review.
More than half of public sector bodies and over a third of private sector
organisations use the process to target training and development needs.
Eight in 10 use it to evaluate performance – 46 per cent in the public and
36 per cent in the private sector while a third want to identify and
acknowledge performance and ensure managers communicate with staff.
A fifth use appraisals to make reward decisions, this is more often the case
than in the private sector – 15 per cent – than in the public sector at 4 per
Identifying poor performance is the reason given by 17 per cent of the 95
respondents (54 public and 41 private) and increasing productivity is cited by
just 9 per cent.
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