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Employees find performance management systems unfair

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Bosses in the UK need to work on their performance management and career progression policies if they wish to keep their employees happy and engaged.

According to the CIPD/Halogen Software Employee Outlook survey, 33% of employees in the public sector stated they believed their company’s performance management process was unfair (33%) rather than fair (32%).

Overall, however, respondents (39%) found their organisations’ performance management policies were fair, with 47% of employees in the voluntary sector stating their company’s performance management policies were very or somewhat fair.

The survey, which canvassed more than 2,500 employees, also found a lack of clear progression opportunities in organisations.

One in five employees reported that their managers failed to explain objectives and expectations effectively.

“When it comes to how achievable employees believe career progression is within their organisations currently, more employees believe it is unachievable (32%) rather than achievable (31%), with a further 31% neutral on this question,” the report stated.

Four in 10 employees also reported excessive pressure at work once or twice in a day.

In addition, the survey highlighted a statistically significant link between dissatisfaction with current jobs and feelings of excessive frequent pressure.

Employees who stated they are dissatisfied with their current jobs (66%) were more likely found to report excessive frequent pressure as opposed to those neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (46%) or satisfied (32%) with their current jobs.

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