Every year, in March and April, employees of the private sector gear up for their annual performance appraisals.
Performance appraisals are a periodic exercise in private organisations and are used to identify performers and non-performers, wherein the former get rewarded and promoted. However, this process is not followed in government departments.
This year, in a break from tradition, the Maharashtra government has decided to rank and grade its 7.5 lakh state employees on the basis of their performance and has formulated a new 100-point performance marking system for the purpose.
This marking system will take into account both subjective and objective evaluation of an employee’s performance during the year.
While the new reviewing system does not disincentivise average or the poor performers, it has proposed public recognition and rewards for ‘Sukarmis’ or good performers across ranks.
On the basis of the marking system, various state departments will be asked to identify 5 percent employees across cadres as the top performers at district, department, and state levels.
The state government has also planned to roll out cash rewards and perks for top performing employees besides giving them recognition, and upscaling their involvement in decision-making, the report adds.
In September last year, the General Administration Department (GAD) of Madhya Pradesh decided to complete a performance appraisal of all class III and class IV state employees who have completed 20 years of service or attained the age of 50 years.
GAD had sent a circular to all district collectors and department heads regarding the implementation of the appraisal exercise.
This decision will help government departments to become more efficient and will also incentivise the employees to work harder. Here’s hoping that other states follow suit!