Why are many organisations moving away from the traditional annual performance review? Rather than arguing that it's badly designed and simply doesn’t work, this article gives a sensible account of why approaches to managing performance have changed. It suggests that there is less need now for individual accountability and a greater need for development and teamwork.

CIPD member content

This content is only available for CIPD members

Reviewed by

Jonny Gifford, Senior Adviser for Organisational Behaviour | Interim Head of Research

Jonny’s work centres on conducting applied research in employment and people management, and strengthening links between academia and practice. His research interests include job quality or ‘good work’ and what works in driving employee performance and wellbeing. He leads the CIPD’s work on evidence-based HR and academic knowledge exchange.

Jonny has been conducting applied research in the field of employment and people management for about 20 years, with previous roles at Westminster Business School, the Institute for Employment Studies and Roffey Park Institute. He is an Academic Member of the CIPD, a Fellow of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa), Associate Editor at the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOEPP), and a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

More on this topic

Bitesize research
Improving feedback to improve performance

This research outlines recommendations for making feedback discussions more constructive, with advice on becoming a good listener and learning about how relationships affect the uptake of feedback

For Members
Factsheets
Performance reviews

Understand the basics of performance reviews and how to ensure the process adds value to the organisation

Factsheets
Performance management: an introduction

Understand how to build an effective approach to performance management, including the tools that can support it

Factsheets
Competence and competency frameworks

Examines the history, principles and current practice around competence and competency frameworks

Latest Bitesize research

Bitesize research
Improving feedback to improve performance

This research outlines recommendations for making feedback discussions more constructive, with advice on becoming a good listener and learning about how relationships affect the uptake of feedback

For Members
Bitesize research
Is office space essential for productive work?

Evaluating the pros and cons of working in shared office spaces, and how they impact on productivity

For Members
man looking intently at a computer surrounded by coding and graphs
Bitesize research
How do employees respond to electronic performance monitoring?

Research investigates what factors influence employees’ responses to electronic performance monitoring

For Members
Bitesize research
Employee voice boosts outcomes of management practices

An examination of how strong channels for employee voice has the potential to drive the effectiveness of high-performance management practices

For Members
All Bitesize research