Why Companies Should Consider Upward Appraisals


In today’s world, the GREAT leaders and managers that are emerging are the ones who are seeking feedback and are open to change and improvement.

Upward Appraisals are increasingly popular and are used as part of a 360-degree appraisal approach. They give employees an opportunity to provide leaders and managers with feedback on their performance, communication, strengths, and weaknesses – highlighting areas where they may need further training and development.

Managers are so used to giving feedback to employees during a Performance Appraisal – but what happens when the role is reversed?

Giving feedback to bosses can be a very powerful yet daunting experience, especially for employees who are used to being on the receiving end.

Here are three key reasons why CEOs benefit from Upward Appraisals:

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Upward appraisals are beneficial and effective because they help improve management skills that are usually left to learning through training, seminars, and consultations.

Upward Appraisals also provide employees with a voice and sense of ownership within the organization.

Setting the Tone

Introducing a participative management style using Upwards Appraisals means that everyone involved, at all levels, feels encouraged to analyze problems, take part in decision-making, and implement solutions.

TIP: The anonymity of the employee’s feedback is crucial. Employees need to know that any feedback and comments about their leaders and managers will be treated as strictly confidential. Also, they should be informed about how they will be used and who will be accessing them, as this will encourage honesty. Feedback should also be behaviour-specific and not focused on personality, as this type of criticism is easier to accept and more constructive.


Upward Appraisals do have limitations, so it is important that they are used in conjunction with other methods. One limitation is the risk of distorting messages. Employees may also be afraid that if they tell the truth about their bosses, they will get negative feedback in return or even risk losing their jobs.

TIP: When Upward Appraisals are implemented, introduce them as a new initiative. Get everyone’s attention, engage them, and explain how their contribution to the process will help to make beneficial changes for everyone.

Upward Appraisals can become a powerful catalyst in CEO Leadership Development.

Isn’t it time you took action?

Are you overwhelmed, overworked, stressed, dealing with self-doubt, and a poor work/life balance?

Do you want to become more confident, sleep better, accelerate your performance, and be the successful leader you were always meant to be?