The Death of the Performance Review: Fad, Fashion or Forward Thinking? 

Recent coverage in the general and HR media has reported some high-profile decisions to abandon or replace the traditional performance review. The Future Work Centre wanted to understand whether these decisions were actually underpinned by evidence and data, or whether organisations might be engaging in an HR-related fad.

They undertook a review of the academic evidence and an analysis of the trends in the uses of performance review, looking for robust research and credible case studies that provide quality, reliable and generalisable evidence of what’s really going on when organisations carry out performance appraisal.

This paper shares the results of that work and provides guidance to organisations who maybe thinking about moving away from the traditional performance review.

About The Future Work Centre

Our mission is to make work better for everyone, now and in the future. We want to examine what evidence there is for the advice that people and organisations are offered about work. And we want to know whether that advice works. Put simply, we want to find out what works, in what way, and for whom.

We know that high-quality research about people and work is already being carried out in academia, but often it’s difficult to access or understand. This means organisations and the wider public fail to benefit from these powerful insights. We aim to bridge this gap.

We believe the science of occupational psychology, underpinned by evidence-based practice, has never been more relevant to individuals, organisations and society as a whole.

We’re working to achieve a number of important objectives:

  • To work with organisations helping them make better decisions and investments about their employees.
  • To help the public understand the value of occupational psychology, an evidence-based approach and how they can apply its lessons to their own experience of work.
  • To engage and inspire the general public by openly sharing our research and actionable insights
  • To campaign and lobby for change where the evidence supports this.

Claire Rahmatallah, Managing Director, The Future Work Centre LTD

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