Quarles, Chester L.
September 1983
Public Administration Quarterly;Fall83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p310
Academic Journal
This article compares the public service managerial selection methods with performance appraisal procedures. The evaluation of an individual's potential to perform in a managerial or supervisory capacity is a critical issue to those responsible for the selection of managers. As personnel are employed and promoted, it is important that a professional managerial selection method be developed. To test the quality of the public or private employee promotional selection process, a performance appraisal process should be initiated. It is very important that management should comprehensively and continually evaluate employees, especially potential managers. Constructive feedback of the evaluation results should be a continuous process so that the employee can more effectively contribute to the goal attainment of the organization. The method of promotional consideration and the methods of performance appraisal have recently come under close scrutiny by the federal government, its agencies, and its courts. A managerial selection process should measure what an employee can do or what the employee will do. A more acceptable selection process is considerably more precise than what a managerial candidate says he will do on a paper and pencil test, an oral interview with his superiors or in interviews with managerial promotional review teams.


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