Tendency to Judge Employees Must Be Supported by a System
Ezekiel Eniola, HR Consultant, Ghana
The tendency to make judgments about oneself or about people one is working with, appears to be both inevitable and universal. However, without a carefully structured system of appraisal and evaluation, people will judge the performance of coworkers -- subordinates, superiors, and peers -- arbitrarily and informally.
This tendency to judge, without a systematic procedure, has the potential to create serious motivational, ethical and legal problems within the firm. On the other hand, a structured appraisal system is more likely to be lawful, fair, defensible, valid and reliable.