Are performance appraisals a bureaucratic exercise or can they be used to enhance sales-force satisfaction and commitment?
In some sales organizations the performance appraisal is treated as a bureaucratic exercise. As such, sales managers may essentially conduct appraisals in an arbitrary and perfunctory manner. This behavior could be based on the belief that conducting performance appraisals requires considerable amounts of time and effort, generates few rewards, and adds considerably to the manager's level of conflict and stress. The purpose of this research is to examine the relationships existing between performance appraisals, salesperson organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. If various characteristics of performance appraisals that build commitment and satisfaction could be identified, then managers may be more capable of using performance appraisals that yield positive results. A survey of 185 retail salespeople and 58 retail sales managers provided the data required to evaluate the relationship between satisfaction, commitment, and various aspects of performance appraisals. The results of the study indicate that managerially mediated factors may be used to enhance salesperson job satisfaction and organizational commitment. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Pettijohn, Charles, Linda S. Pettijohn, Albert J. Taylor, and Bruce D. Keillor. "Are performance appraisals a bureaucratic exercise or can they be used to enhance sales‐force satisfaction and commitment?." Psychology & Marketing 18, no. 4 (2001): 337-364.
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