Employers Skip Appraisals During Lockdown

Press Release

Employee survey reveals why:

  • Only 50% of employees received appraisals since lockdown started
  • 54% claimed that management ‘had not enforced appraisals’ during lockdown
  • 47% of employees still use paper forms and rely on face to face appraisals in an office
  • Over half think an online ‘appraisals’ platform would have prevented theirs being skipped during lockdown
  • Surprisingly, over a 1/3 have seen internal communication decrease since working from home
  • Survey by StaffCircle and OnePoll of 1,000 UK office workers in full-time employmen and working from home during lockdown (never furloughed)

A survey of 1,000 employees commissioned by Leicester-based software company StaffCircle, in conjunction with OnePoll, revealed that only half of employees appraisals took place since lockdown began – suggesting most businesses are still in fact ill-equipped for remote working despite the ‘virtual buzz’.

Those surveyed have remained in full-time employment during lockdown across a range of sectors including accounting, engineering, marketing and IT. If these were all business, as usual, it fails to explain why scheduled appraisals were not carried out. Quarterly or annually, appraisals are often the one meeting that presents an opportunity to ask for a pay rise or bonus, discuss key performance indicators and set targets for months ahead.

So why have only 50% of employees received their scheduled appraisal since lockdown began?

54% of employees surveyed revealed that ‘management had not enforced’ appraisals during lockdown and 47% stated that old-fashioned paper processes are still used for appraisals – indicating that they are not digitally set up to do so. This may also explain why 1/3 surprisingly claimed that office communication has in fact decreased since lockdown.


Furthermore, over half of those surveyed blamed the lack of a sufficient online platform being in place that could have led to their appraisal being carried out during lockdown. This suggests that if a platform was in place, it would facilitate employers to carry out employee appraisals remotely rather than being skipped.

StaffCircle CEO, Mark Seemann, believes that by skipping appraisals, team members are more likely to lack morale and direction, therefore, be less productive in their day to day work whether this is remotely or ‘in the office’. Recognising employee efforts are significant during standard 1-2-1’s and this leads to setting key performance indicators or targets – all of which can be done remotely.

He explains, “There’s no escaping the virtual way of working and while for some it’s standard procedure, it’s a whole new territory for many of us. With so many ‘office culture’ elements missing when it comes to remote working, continuously engaging with employees and rewarding them is what will keep them going. Businesses should be less concerned with snooping on staff and more about acknowledging their efforts through positive and regular communication, as you would have in an ordinary office setting everyday conversations. With so many ‘office culture’ elements missing when it comes to remote working, continuously engaging with employees and rewarding them is what will keep them going.”

Further data relating to demographics, sectors and regions is available upon request.

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