In a Nutshell: Issue 117  


Creativity and innovation are the key to business success but putting pressure on employees to be creative can have mixed effects. This research found that performance management and appraisal systems that support company goals over individual development can stifle employees’ ability to think creatively and stimulate innovation.  Knowing how to use performance appraisals to motivate staff and unlock their creative potential is, therefore, an important component in innovation success.

Reviewed by:

Meryl Levington,Knowledge Exchange Manager – PrOPEL Hub Project 

Meryl joined the Research Team in 2020 to manage the PrOPEL Hub project, (Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning) a major new initiative designed to support improvements in productivity through enhanced workplace practice and employee engagement. Prior to CIPD Meryl has worked in universities businesses schools and in student enterprise and employability, and run a consultancy delivering economic development projects around enterprise, sector development and small business growth. 

Meryl has a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Durham University, where she undertook research on stakeholder management and engagement, and a degree in modern foreign languages from The University of London.

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