At Office Depot, we have a simple and transparent appraisal system which measures the performance of each employee. Performance objectives and criteria of fulfillment are set and discussed with each individual. Feedback is part of our work culture and associates are given all the support to develop themselves while meeting business goals. We identify performance levels and then match these against competency requirements and set objectives, which gives a view of what an associate has achieved and how he/she achieved the result. Defining strengths and areas for improvement help the associates to focus on what they need to do in order to get more responsibility and further build their career.