Why inclusive performance management and appraisals are important

The annual employee performance review is a great opportunity to connect with your employees, and understand their goals and how you can help them progress. But, you need to put inclusion centre-stage when conducting employee reviews. If your company’s performance management processes and assessments are biased and not inclusive, it can limit the effectiveness of other DEI strategies and efforts.

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According to Gallup, only 29% of employees strongly agree that their performance reviews were fair. Companies with an inclusive culture are “twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets” and eight times more likely “to achieve better business outcomes.”

In this article, ClearTalents offer advice on how to ensure inclusive performance management and conduct inclusive appraisals. Having an inclusive performance management system in place is a huge aspect of having an inclusive workplace overall, and improving your appraisals and review processes can have a hugely positive impact on employee performance, well-being, and culture. 


Read our factsheet on how to conduct an inclusive appraisal

What is inclusive performance management?

Performance management in general is the process of measuring and improving the performance of an employee over time, in a way that benefits both the individual and the company. It is an ongoing process between the employer and employee and includes a range of processes such as appraisals, assessments and more. 

Inclusive performance management is the process of making sure that your company’s performance assessment processes are free from potential systemic bias as much as possible. There are various types of bias that can have an effect on performance management and assessments, such as gender, age, ethnicity, demographic, affinity, relationships, and more. 


Common issues with performance management


Gender-inclusive performance management

One area of ensuring inclusive performance management and assessment is gender. One survey reveals female employees receive nearly 1.4 times more “personality-based” feedback compared to men, who tend to receive more work-related feedback.

In 81,000 performance evaluations, managers used more negative language for women, like selfish, inept, and aggressive, while naturally using positive language for men – e.g., analytical and competent. 


Employee appraisals are a potential source of stress

Employee reviews are often a source of stress for your employees. According to YouGov, as many as 29% of employees report that their annual review is stressful.

Potential causes of stress include:


Employers may lack confidence in conducting reviews

A review could raise difficult topics. Employers may not feel confident addressing diversity issues for fear of getting it wrong. 

ClearTalents lets employees and managers create an inclusion passport to safely and securely identify any reasonable adjustments they need. Our questionnaire asks about preferred styles of communication, how people like to receive information before a meeting, and more.


How to improve inclusiveness in performance management

ClearTalents have put together an inclusive appraisal factsheet for employers that runs you through how to conduct an inclusive appraisal. 


Key factors to consider, ensuring your company is offering inclusive performance management are:



Support from ClearTalents

Inclusive performance management is essential for ensuring high-performing employees and creating a company culture that prioritises DEI. The ClearTalents toolkit can help your company to cultivate a diverse workforce by ensuring employees can easily and comfortably request reasonable adjustments in the workplace, including your company’s performance management processes.

For more information about our inclusion passport and DEI toolkit, speak to our team.



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