Reactions to Varying Forms of Participation in the Appraisal Interview.
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In the laboratory, subordinate reactions to feedback given in four different ways were assessed. Method one was unilateral, top-down feedback. Method two was supervisory feedback with the subordinate encouraged to participate in the performance discussion. Methods three and four involved a self appraisal instrument completed prior to the participative performance discussion. In method three, the self appraisal did not figure in the discussion while in method four it was the heart of discussion. All participative methods tended to result in more positive subordinate perceptions than the unilateral method, but no particular participative technique was consistently the best.
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