The concept of performance management is increasingly being seen as an essential
ingredient for effective management in organisations and performance appraisals
can be a vital tool in harnessing employee commitment and improving performance.
The Dublin Institute of Technology (hereinafter called "the Institute" and/or "DIT") is a
relatively young organisation but to date the management practice adopted has been
rather traditional and bureaucratic. In order to achieve long term success and
operate in a dynamic environment, organisations need to be aware of any new
developments that may affect its employees and such developments call for linking
human resource management more closely with an organisation's strategy and
modernise any traditional forms of management. As such, I believe that the Institute
;. will have to introduce some form of performance management process if it is to
attract, manage effectively and retain the right calibre of staff. If a process is
implemented, monitored and evaluated, it would help ensure that staff are capable of
doing their jobs and are in a stronger position to contribute to the organisations
objectives. In effect, both the individual employee and the organisation would benefit
from such a process being established.