Employee Assessment

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Definition: Employee Assessment

An employee assessment or performance appraisal or performance review or performance evaluation is a method by which the performance of an employee is evaluated. 

It is a process of evaluation of employee performance and productivity in relation to certain pre-established criteria/standards with respect to organizational objectives.

Historically, Employee assessment has been conducted annually (long-cycle appraisals), however nowadays many companies are moving towards shorter cycles (every six months, called mid-year evaluation, and every quarter) as it helps in improvement and give job satisfaction to the employee.

Employee Assessments are done for:

Employee assessments are done mainly for compensation review, performance improvement, promotions, terminations, test validation, etc.


The main purpose of employee assessment is to improve the performance and to check what the employee is doing and what is he expected to do as per the organizational goals and his job role-specification. Whether employee is able to stick to deadlines, is the work of good quality, are the organizational goals and personnel goals meeting? These questions are addressed in Employee Assessment.

Who conducts?

In organization Human Resource Management (HRM) conducts employee assessments. The ultimate objective of an employee assessment process is to align individual performance with organizational performance.


The method of doing Employee assessment is

  1. 360 degree Feedback
  2. SWOT analysis
  3. Performance interview

In 360 degree feedback method, multiple evaluations of employees are done which include assessments from superior(s), peers, and ones’ self.

In SWOT analysis, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an employee are written down and then accordingly, evaluations are done.

Performance interview is generally the last step of the evaluation process.

Hence, this concludes the definition of Employee Assessment along with its overview.


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