Respected Seniors, We are into Electronics Manufacturing Company. This year we are going to give performance appraisal to Employees in the month of April. Last year we had given it in the month of January. Now all the senior employees of my company are asking me for the appraisal time. I told them the discussion is going on as my Management has denied me to draft the mail regarding the period of Performance Appraisal. Still, some senior employees are saying indirectly that if they didn't get an appraisal, they will resign. I am scared due to these employees there should not be a negative impact on New Joiners. How do I cope up with these employees, please suggest.
From India, Pune

You have to convey the feelings of top personnel to the Management without tasking specific names and seek what is to be conveyed to them. It is not likely that the Management is oblivious of the same but as you are the listening post you need to reply to them convincingly. Not an easy task but yet you have to reflect optimism and hold that it would be resolved very soon. Everybody is aware of the Covid situation and how it has affected the industry. It seems the top personnel are only trying exert pressure through you, sort of testing the waters but may not jettison the ship.
From India, Mumbai
Thank You so much for your valuable reply Sir. I had already conveyed to Management without tasking specific names but seems they are not capable how to tackle these kind of people. I am not getting how to handle it positively.
From India, Pune
Dear Neha,

It appears that you need to revisit the fundamentals of HR Management. The second sentence of your post reads "This year we are going to give performance appraisal to Employees in the month of..." Please note that employers do not "give" performance appraisal to the employees but it is "conducted".

Instead of "salary hike", have you used the term "performance appraisal"? By reading your post, one gets a feel of that. If yes then it is important for you to refurbish the HR terminology. Yes, the salary hike is generally followed by the performance appraisal. Now whether the salary hike takes place or not, PA has to be conducted. It is a routine HR process like monthly disbursement of the payment and wages and there is no escape from it. While the payment is disbursed monthly, the PA may be conducted quarterly, half-yearly or yearly.

As HR professionals if you have captured the feelings of the senior management personnel on the consequences of not giving the salary hike then you are expected to convey their feelings to the top boss. To remove the apprehensions of the few senior employees, your top boss may call a meeting of all HODs and convey what is expected to happen in the month of April. Let the communication pass downward in the respective department. Timely communication could avoid misunderstanding if any.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Thank You Sir for correcting me. I am daily trying to refurbish my HR skills. From today onwards I will more focus on the terminologies. Your suggestion values me a lot and I will definitely call a Meeting. I apologize for the mistakes I committed while posting the thread. I will keep myself updating the HR terminologies.
From India, Pune

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