What’s going on? Implicit appraisal of employees

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In this article, we will present one case study from Eastern Europe illustrating the ethical problem of hidden employee appraisal during competence training. Ethics breaches during employee assessment are extreme examples of psychological contract breach between an organization and its employees. In the discussed case, upon having realised the potential ethical problem, we persuaded the client to modify the training project agenda and objectives. In our discussion of the case, we highlight those Polish Psychological Association Ethics Code standards (PTP, 2019) that, in our opinion, could have been seriously infringed upon. The presented case seems to be a good example of ethical challenges faced by work and organizational psychologists. In our opinion, it is essential to raise awareness among managers and Human Resource (HR) partners that employees should be informed when they are being appraised.

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training, appraisal, ethics code, competences

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Retowski, S. & Trzepiota, M., (2021) “What’s going on? Implicit appraisal of employees”, EWOP in Practice 15(1), 24–35. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87139

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Sylwiusz Retowski (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Magdalena Trzepiota (NAVIGO Grupa)

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