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Have you been appraised? A survey of the university administrative staff

Farhad Analoui (Centre for Instructional Development, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK)
Pauline Fell (Centre for Instructional Development, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 November 2002

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Abstract

Little has been reported in the literature on the perception and understanding of administrative staff regarding the processes involved in performance appraisal within the higher educational establishments. At the University of Bradford appraisal for this cadre of employees has hitherto taken a voluntary form. In response to this vacuum, an empirical survey has been carried out in four departments in order to explore the perception, views and preferences of the administrative staff of the entire process and its related issues. The results indicated that lack of provision for formal appraisal has often resulted in inconsistencies, little or no provision for establishing formal dialogue between management and the staff concerning their performance expectations, misplacement of personal goals, and realistic opportunities for personal and career development. Therefore concludes that there is an urgent need for the university to disseminate its policies widely and maintain uniformity of practice throughout its departments. Moreover, attention ought to be paid to the effective training and the role and responsibilities of line managers.

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Analoui, F. and Fell, P. (2002), "Have you been appraised? A survey of the university administrative staff", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 279-287. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540210441236

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