A performance appraisal is a regular review of employee job performance and contribution to organizational objectives. In many cases, performance appraisals are conducted at the end of the year to evaluate employee performance, as well as set performance for the next year. For this assignment, you will evaluate another function of HR and management and its contribution to effective performance management. Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the article Adapting the Performance Appraisal Process to Meet the Needs of the Modern Workplace (Links to an external site.) . In your paper, Discuss how performance appraisals are a function of HR and management. Analyze the basic components of an effective performance appraisal. Explain how performance appraisals can contribute to organizational goals and objectives. Explain the advantages of performance appraisals and how they contribute to effective training and development. Explain potential forms of discrimination based on labor laws and regulations when conducting a performance appraisal. For additional support with completing this assignment, please refer to the following tools: Finding HR Journals in the AU Library (Links to an external site.) . This tip sheet will support you in researching through the Ashford University Library. What Is CRAAP: A Guide to Evaluating Web Sources (Links to an external site.) . This will assist you in determining the reliability of an HR website. Scholarly and Popular Resources(1) (Links to an external site.) .This tutorial explains the differences between scholarly and popular resources. Human Resource Research With FindIt@AU (Links to an external site.) . This tip sheet will support you in researching through the Ashford University Library. The Performance Appraisal paper Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centers APA Style (Links to an external site.) Must include a separate title page with the following: Title of paper Students name Course name and number Instructors name Date submitted For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.) . Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) , refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources. Must use at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed, or credible sources in addition to the course text. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment. Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centers Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications. Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.