Your list will probably include the following:
To identify areas which require improvement
To identify new skills required
To review past performance
To identify future potential
To set objectives
To identify the next career move
To determine salary level
Read the CIPD factsheet on Performance Appraisal. This is available from their website at www.cipd.org.uk (not restricted to CIPD members).
It is likely that if you are a manager with responsibility for carrying out performance reviews of others you will be provided with training both in the general skills required and in the particular system in place in your organisation. Some organisations also provide training for all staff so that they understand how the system should operate.
One reason why disquiet is expressed about Performance Review is that it is sometimes regarded as the be all and end all of performance management.
Read the CIPD factsheet on Performance Management an overview. This is available from their website at www.cipd.org.uk (not restricted to CIPD members).
Identify occasions on which performance management activities should take place outside the formal performance appraisal system.