MYW S03 Episode 01 – Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals are something most of us are familiar with and probably don’t really enjoy (unless you’re accustomed to getting great appraisals!) – that said, there have recently been more widespread grumblings about this organizational tradition. Is a shift in the fundamentals of performance management upon us? Are there compelling alternatives to performance appraisals? In this episode, we discuss some of the fundamentals of performance appraisals, cover the recent debate about their effectiveness, and share our own views on the topic.


1:54: The basics of performance appraisals

8:40: The trouble with performance appraisals – two conflicting purposes

15:53: The debate about performance appraisals

18:37: Alternatives to performance appraisals

28:12: Shifting the burden of appraisals from people to machines

32:24: Additional readings and wrap-up

Mentioned This Episode:

Open-access article – Performance appraisal debate

Open-access article – Performance evaluation will not die, but it should

HBR – Deloitte’s alternative to traditional performance management

Video – Big Ideas in Performance Management – Email us your ideas or suggestions here!

MindYourWorkIO – Send us a tweet! – Find us here!


Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at Our transition music for this episode is “New Day” also by Lee; licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0).

Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

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