What is Peer appraisal?

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Peer appraisal refers to an employee performance assessment provided by the employee’s colleagues in the immediate working environment who have observed the employee’s job performance and are able to give constructive feedback.

Peer appraisal definition

Peer appraisal refers to an employee performance assessment provided by the employee’s colleagues in the immediate working environment who have observed the employee’s job performance and are able to give constructive feedback.

Peer appraisal excludes superiors and underlings.


How to measure peer appraisal

Peer appraisal involves workers ranking each member of the group from best to worst, either overall or on various areas of performance or responsibility and it includes rating colleagues on performance metrics.


Advantages of peer appraisal

- Provides insight and knowledge as workers are often in the best position to appraise a colleague’s performance.

- Encourages a more inclusive team dynamic as colleagues gain a deeper insight into the challenges their colleagues face.

- Encourages development of a shared goal as workers realise they must include their colleagues and respond to their ideas, concerns and needs.



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