Personnel Appraisal in a Routinized Management System in University

Personnel Appraisal in a Routinized Management System in University

This chapter discusses the work of the other scholars in the area of personnel appraisal much has been written in the area but contemporary issues involve have not been into consideration and extensively discussed.

On the strength of the above, this chapter is therefore organized in order to help know the meaning of the topic, which is personnel appraisal in a routinized management system, which many scholars have come up with various meaning of the above study.


According to business dictionary, it define performance appraisal as the process by which a manager or consultant examines and evaluates an employees work behaviour by comparing it with present standards, documents the result of the comparism, and uses the result to provide feedback to the employee to show where improvement are needed and why.

Harbison (1995) sees employee’s performance and job evaluation as the energies skill talent and knowledge available in institution as well as other organization.

Harbison in his support to employee’s performance appraisal and job evaluation utilization, stress that they are the active agent who accumulate capital, exploit natural resource, build socio economic and political organization and carry forward national development.

Ordia (2005) sees personnel appraisal and evaluation as the process   of acquiring and increasing the number of person who have educational skills and experience which are critical for economic and social development of the country. Obeah, D.S (2001) sees employee performance appraisal as a systematic evaluation of the individual which respect to his performance on the job and his potential for development. He state further, that employee performance appraisal is an ongoing process, it is not static and it involves many interrelated art works, the plan must be modified and updated as condition requires and this include, the planning and development of employees performance, such as training recruitment and retrenchment.

GRAHAM H.T (2003) sees appraisal as the judgment of employee’s performance in his job base on the consideration other than productivity along. He further stated that the term is applies in personnel management to a formal and systematic assessment made in a prescribed and uniform manner at a certain time of the month, or the year.

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According to Mrs. Momoh, (2002) she said it’s important to have some basic material that can aid in appraisal process before embarking on the process. Some of the material that is necessary are stated below.

  1. Job Description and job specification: The reported needs a yardstick with which to appraise a worker. Job description hard specifications are yardstick set by the organization and they can be used to measure the performance of the employee.
  2. Task and Target: In situation, where there is no job description, specification, there must be task and target mapped out for employee. It is necessary to have clearly set objective of what the employees are expected to achieve. The personnel must or the reporting officer can refer to sub target or task completed instead of using subject judgment in assign the workers.


According to Mr. Momoh (2002) He said virtually, all as organization use performance appraisal for a variety of purpose, these purpose include the following.

  1. Reward System: Performance appraisal may form the bases of organization reward system. It is used as a means of distributing reward within the organization in other. Words the appraisal can provide backup data for management decision particularly merit based compension plans.
  2. Feedback ‘to employees: performance appraisal provides feedback to employees about the quantity and quality job performance without this information, employees will have little knowledge of how well they are doing their jobs and how well they can improve upon their present performance level.
  3. Personnel decision: performance appraisal can help in making decision related to personnel function general such as those related to promote transfer and terminations management can make choices on the basis of appraisal information about individual talents and shortcomings.


The conventional concept of management task in harnessing performance of organizational requirement can be stated broadly in terms of three prepositions according to MC Gregor which are:

  1. With respect of people, this is a process of directing their efforts, motivating them, controlling their action, evaluating their job, modifying their job to fit the need of the organization.
  2. Management is responsible for organizing sound element productive achievement of the organization.
  • Without effective or active intervention by management of people would be passive even resistant to organization needs and achievement. The must therefore, be trained, rewarded, evaluated their performance, punished controlled their activities and must be directed.

The human side of enterprise today is fashioned from preposition and beliefs such as organization structures, managerial policies practices and programme reflects these assumptions.



As more workers have found their basic need satisfied in our society, the recognition of the dignity of the individual and the importance of the opportunity for satisfaction and self fulfillment on the job, have underline the expanded role of personnel management in an organization which includes: recruitment, selection, training and general provision for needs of employees in the organization.

The performance appraisal of employees appraisal recognized that all persons in an organization, regardless of their level of job are potential sources.

Innovation and talent, different authors have different views on the term personnel management.

Patrick A. Omoile (2005) in his book fundamental of management” sees personnel management as the management concern  with the people at work and with their relationship within their organization, its aim is to bring together and develop the organization so to enable their best towards the success of the organization. In particular, personnel management is concern with the development and application of policies governing. Manpower recruitment, selecting placement and determination



Staffing could be said to be the process of ensuring that the  organization has qualified worker available at the level of meet its short and long term objective staffing. The duty of personnel management is concern with getting and keeping effective employees for the organization.

Fundamental of management by Mr. Omoile, the major component of staff function are:

Job analysis, job description, job specification as stated by Michael Jerome et al (1991) job analysis involves discovering the details of each job, the component of job analysis entails and location of the job, its duties and responsibilities. The working condition: the pay the opportunities for promotion and where the job training is offered.



The maintenance function comprises of employee welfare, salaries, wages, benefits, job evaluation, wages survey incentives (financial and non financial) job satisfaction, work motivation and employees communication.

In personnel management employee well being has to be taken into consideration, this could be in term of monetary reward and other necessary benefit maintenance as the name implies means taking care of all the maintenance involves, it base upon the wellbeing of employees wages incentives, as maintenance function, provide are means of encouraging the effective performance of human resources. The purpose of wages incentives is to induce workers/staffs to put greater productivity effort for which cash reward is paid. The introduction of wages incentives is an organization as stated by Raymond et al (1976) is a test that requires high degree of skill, judgment tact and knowledge of the production process that are employed. He also stated that the confident of the workers must be gained and they must understand thoroughly just how the system works.

The purpose of wages and salary administration is provided adequately and equalize compensation to all employers. Wages and salary administration take a distant challenge in holding such important matters in the maintenance of a productive employee and staff.


To understand how and why organization/institutions are formed, we must investigate their origin

Most institution/universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are surprisingly new, been the most well established university have a history of more than two years and about (John Beashow and David Palfreman).

 The organization is its environment

According to Nwachukwu (1988) it can be seen as an entity. He went further to say that an organization is a group of people bound together to provide unity of action for the achievement of a predetermined objective, from the statement, it is agreed upon that organization is very fundamental  to human nature. Typically in universities work is share out so that each person, has his allocated role i.e. exams and records, engineering and schools of business respectively etc many individual and cooperate goals relate to specialization, people tend to specialize in what they can do best and the organization facilitate this to enhance good services and productivity is the mark of advance as opposed to primitive ones.



As indicated above, appraisal criteria are generally either personality oriented or result oriented, with each of these orientations appraisal still have to “measure” individual performance. This is done by using one or more scales for rating performance. The principal option available according to Beach D.S (1980) are

  1. Rating scale: The rating scale is by far the most common and conventional method of appraisal. It contains each of the personal character, qualities or factors against each of which is a scale usually of five points for the manager or immediate supervisor to work his assessment of the subordinate.
  2. Interpersonal compassion: There are two major techniques of this method are:

Ranking: This techniques requires the manager (assessor) to rank his subordinate in order to merit usually on their total ability on the job.

  • Checklist: This techniques contain a large number of statements which describe specific aspects of behaviour that descript best performance on the job.



According to A.K Momoh (2009) the following are the merits

  1. Basis for improving quality managements the advantage of appraisal is that it help the employees to put in their best. Is the basic to effective management and it is also a means of improving the quality of managing which keep organization to achieve their goal.
  2. Operationality: In the area of appraising there other special and important strengths. Appraising on the basics of performance against objectives has the great advantage of being operational. Appraisal are not party from the job that personnel management do but are as review of what they carefully did as manager.
  3. Lead to objectively and eliminate judgment sense: there are always questions of how well a person did whether goals were missed or accomplished, and far what reasons and how much in the way of goal attainment should be expected. But information about what a person has done, measured against what that employee agreed was a reasonable target available.


According to A.K Momoh (2009) the following are kinds of appraisal

  1. Comprehensive Appraisal: should be conducted at least once a year, but some organizations suggested such discussion should take place more frequently. It depends on the nature of the task, past company practices and other situational factors may be appropriate for a particular organization or a person who is new in a job.     
  2. Periodical Appraisal: What is important is that the formal comprehensive review should be supplemented by frequent progress or relatively informal, but they help identify problem or barriers that hinder effective performance. They also keep communication open between the manager and employee.
  3. Continuous Appraisal: Finally, there is continuous monitoring of performance with this system when performance devices from plans one does not wait for the next periodic review to correct it. The manager and employee discuss the situation immediately so that correction action can be taken at once in order to prevent a small deviation from developing into major problem.

In summary, we were able to look at the various meanings of performance appraisal by different scholars. We also discuss their uses, objectives and basic requirement for performance appraisal.


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