Performance management is; by its very nature; a contentious and emotionally charged topic. Because the lines between management and appraisal are often blurred; performance management tends to get cast in a harsh and negative light; creating anxiety and distrust that defeats the object. Performance management: A contemporary South African perspective examines the practice of performance management in the modern South African workplace and how to balance the positive with its more challenging negative facets. Performance management: A contemporary South African perspective explores various aspects of performance management systems and processes. It highlights best practice and innovative ideas for implementation that will enable managers; employees and teams to achieve success and improve results. Examples and real-life scenarios provide practical guidelines and applications.