Assessment of performance management and development system in selected national government departments in South Africa
Makamu, Ntsako Idris
Mello, David Mbati
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The Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) in the South African public service has become a thorny issue. Performance assessment in particular, is an area that attracts more grievances. Any institution, which does not address the root causes of employee grievances risks the lowering of morale and productivity. The objectives of the study were to assess perceptions of employees in five national government departments in South Africa regarding the implementation of PMDS and to make recommendations aimed a t the improvement of the current system. A survey design was adopted to achieve objectives outlined above. Main findings of the study are that the PMDS is effective, however, its implementation is not satisfactory, supervisors and their subordinates need refresher courses to improve their knowledge and further hone their skills relating to PMDS.