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According to CIPD’s Latest Employee Outlook survey, employers fail to set clear objectives for their staff.

The CIPD/Halogen Spring 2015 Employee Outlook survey found that only 44 per cent of the 2,226 employees polled were set clear objectives, while just 19 per cent said their performance was explained in the wider context of contribution to the organisation, even though the majority of employees felt both should be aspects of the performance management process.

A total of 18 per cent received no feedback of any kind at work.

“There’s been a lot of rhetoric about ripping up performance management processes, but nobody had asked employees how they felt about that,” said Jessica Cooper, CIPD research associate. “In particular, you can’t help feeling organisations are missing a trick when there are so many people who aren’t being set objectives.”

Other findings:

  • Just 27% of those surveyed favoured rankings or ratings, with a strong preference for performance being assessed on an individual basis by line managers.
  • 55% of employees said they would prefer to work in a firm with a “family feel held together by loyalty and tradition” but only 26% would currently describe their own employer in this way.
  • Despite the above, engagement stood at its highest level (29 per cent) for three years and job satisfaction was up five points year on year.

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