I have the strong suspicion that workplace performance appraisals and the act of setting employee goals do little to improve the employee performance and often serve to hurt the employee morale, which can have a negative effect on performance. My intuition on this practice is shared, below are some notable claims:
- Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead (Tom Coens, Mary Jenkins M.D)
- The Top 50 Problems With Performance Appraisals (Dr. John Sullivan; TLNT)
- Goals Gone Wild: The Systematic Side Effects of Over-Prescribing Goal Setting (Lisa D. Ordóñez, Maurice E. Schweitzer, Adam D. Galinsky, and Max H. Bazerman; Harvard Business School)
- Get Rid of the Performance Review! (Samuel A. Culbert)
Do there exist any studies or peer reviewed journal articles that can back up these claims or potentially disprove them as crackpot ideas?
If there exists legitimate proof of these claims then is there any notable provable reasons that companies ignore such studies and continue a practice that is possibly running counter to their stated intentions, perhaps a deeper reason for performance appraisals?