Formal Vs Informal Performance Appraisals

Formal performance appraisals usually occur at specified time organization to evaluate employee performance. Informal performance appraisal can occur whenever the supervisor feels communication is needed. For example, if the employee has been consistently meeting or exceeding standards. An informal performance appraisal may be in order simply to recognize this fact. Discussions can take place in a variety of places in the organization ranging from the manner’s office to the cafeteria. Of course, it is always wise to discuss employee performance.

Many organization encourage a combination of both formal and informal appraisals. The formal appraisal is most often used as the primary evaluation, however, the informal appraisal is very helpful for more frequent performance feedback. Informal appraisal should not take the place of a formal performance evaluation.

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