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The Real Costs of Performance Appraisals

April 22, 2001
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Performance appraisals can be expensive, and it's not because of thesoftware. KnowledgePoint's Performance Impact 2.0 Hosted Edition starts at$4,500 for one year, and a site license for the Intranet Edition starts at$8,000-a paltry sum in the grand scheme of things.

    The real costs are in the time spent:

  • preparing appraisals

  • setting goals and objectives

  • conducting reviews

  • conducting higher level reviews of lower level appraisals

  • designing, printing, copying, filing and distributing appraisal forms

  • designing and communicating the appraisal process

  • training supervisors to conduct appraisals

  • dealing with post-appraisal appeals and grievances

    As a rule of thumb, Fred Nickols, senior consultant with DistanceConsultants, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, estimates performance appraisals tocost $1,500 per employee. That may be a low figure, however. Two seniorexecutives with overseas firms who responded to Nickols' 1997 Internet surveyfor HR professionals cited actual costs of $1,945 per employee and $2,200 peremployee.

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