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Comparing Appraisals with Examinations
Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India

Appraisals are to employees what examinations are to students.
Examinations have undergone several changes and so have appraisals. I try to list some features and hope with this similarity our understanding of appraisal systems will improve.
1. Examinations used to be annual - now more tests are given. In too many companies, the appraisal system still remains an annual exercise.
2. Examinations used to be descriptive and bring out creativity of people. In order to be more objective they have become multiple choice systems. The same has happened to appraisals. A mix of descriptive and multiple choice questions could be better.
3. In examinations, only the examiners examine. Likewise in most appraisal systems the appraisor decides everything. Some level of self appraisal could be better.
4. Overall examination systems have a better reputation than appraisal systems.
I invite other members to bring out further criteria for further elaboration.

Comparing Appraisals with Examinations
Seema Mubashar, HR professional, Pakistan
Jagdish... I have the same thinking about similarity between exams & appraisals.. But in my view,
5. Appraisals are more complex, and
6. In appraisals, human behavior is directly affected. It depends on the outlook of the organization, management philosophy whether human resources are treated as expenditure or human capital etc.

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Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India
7. Appraisals are more subjective than examinations.
8. Expectation - reality gap in appraisals is often bigger than in examinations.
9. Effect of appraisal is better observed than the actual result and it is vice versa in examinations.
10. Appraisals may have short term effects, but examinations have long term effect.
And so on...



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