Abstracts: April 2nd, 2007

The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development has developed a Performance Management and Appraisal toolkit to support appraisal training. Performance appraisals can become uncomfortable and time consuming and often fail to live up to expectations. The toolkit describes tried and tested ideas to help turn appraisal into a vital management tool. There is a warning that viewing the interview as an event rather than using regular discussions as part of a performance development process can undermine performance management. It makes it clear that good quality appraisal and performance related discussions can have a positive impact on organisations and help to improve individual performance.The Performance Management and Appraisal toolkit is available from http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore It is priced at 330.00 pounds.