Research shows that people perform and go beyond expectations in their jobs when they clearly see the purpose and the higher meaning for their job, and if they have a personal interest in it.

It can be difficult to know where to start, but getting aligned on the performance criteria – the critical points of focus of the appraisal – is a good option.

Green-Jakobsen’s appraisal concept has a high focus on individual development, and includes the solid definition of performance and evaluation criteria, and a rating scale based on its wide level of industry experience of shore and seafaring roles.

In their shortening of our appraisal and enhancing development plan templates, the key was simplicity and adaptability
Søren Vest - at Ultraship

We often see cases where the on board performance appraisal does not provide real value. Crew only focus on the possible conclusion of the process related to ‘promotion’ or ‘re-hire’. Appraisers, such as Officers, are often not really prepared and tend to be biased in their evaluation. Crewing departments just fill in the reports and cannot really use the data because they do not find it reliable.

If we are to develop our employees, it is important that we have the necessary knowledge about where and how to develop. Setting expectations is the starting point for this process.

Being clear about defining ‘practical skills’ and what is meant by ‘attitude’ or ‘work approach’ within each performance criteria supports the guidance and development.

When everyone has a good understanding of the performance criteria and people can see how they can influence these in their daily work and behavior, then engagement will be higher and performance assessments will be much clearer and easier. All performance appraisals must result in a development plan.

The overall benefits of a well-prepared evaluation or appraisal process is that it ensures a better basis for performance development. There will be a shared perception of expectations and development needs between the company and the employee.

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"With a good understanding of performance criteria and people seeing how they can influence these in their daily work and behaviour, engagement will be higher and assessments much clearer and easier."

Thomas Schmidt
Thomas Schmidt
Partner and Senior Consultant
Copenhagen

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