The Effects of Performance Appraisal on Lecturers’ Productivity: Evidence from Koforidua Polytechnic
The significance of performance appraisal as a major and pivotal human resource activity required for the growth, development and success of any organization can hardly be overemphasized. Unfortunately, in most public sector organizations, this fundamental activity is not given due importance. The ultimate corollary of this scenario appears in the shape of slow progress and lower productivity of the employees and of the organization as a whole. It is therefore important for organizations to have a performance improvement plan as a guide to where we are now, wherewe want to be and how we will get there. The study looks at the performance appraisal process, compliance by lecturers and its effects on lecturer productivity at Koforidua Polytechnic. . Data was obtained from staff (79) and students (470) of Koforidua Polytechnic usingstratified sampling technique. The study revealed that the performance appraisal process in Koforidua Polytechnic is closely linked to sound policies that conform to standards.The study indicated that performance appraisals have not mproved lecturer’s productivity from the perspective of students which is in contrast with appraisal reports generated from2006 to 2010. The resolution to this controversy lies in providing adequate feedback to students as management takes action on students’ concerns. This paper also revealed the extent to which performance appraisal by students has affected lecturer’s productivity with analysis onits importance to the polytechnic, strengths and weaknesses and as well provided improvement measures.
Keywords: Performance appraisal; Productivity; Employee; Effectiveness; Organization.