A performance appraisal is the process used to evaluate an employee’s on-the-job performance, which tells an employee how well he or she is performing against expectations. This is a process, not just a meeting. The process leading up to the meeting involves collecting information about how the employee has performed against a set of predetermined goals and determining how to structure the meeting. During the meeting, the manager and employee discuss this prior performance against goals, and then address future plans. Future plans involve setting new goals for the employee, which may address current performance issues, as well as strengthening the employee’s skills in order to enhance his or her career. The appraisal meeting concludes with documentation of the agreements reached during the meeting, which is signed off on by both parties.