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Management & Leadership Courses

Appraisal Skills

Course Overview

Managing a business project requires a mixture of science, art and patience, particularly when it comes to getting agreement from a diverse or virtual team which consists of peers and external stakeholders.

The science consists of planning techniques, using network analysis, logic diagrams and critical path analysis. The art is getting the project team working together, influencing others and maintaining excellent communications. The latter requires strong interpersonal skills to avoid conflicts that would arise without them. So often, in our experience, managers can be heard groaning when it’s “appraisal time”. They grumble about the amount of time they have to take out of their busy diaries to complete them as well as the amount of paperwork that has to be filled in. They are sadly viewed by many as a necessary evil, and something of a chore.

Not an ideal mind-set for the appraiser, and certainly not for the appraisee, for whom their annual appraisal is a significantly important opportunity for them to discuss their performance and determine their development plan.

In our view the appraisal performance meeting is a brilliant opportunity for any people manager to motivate their staff, make them aware that their achievements have been noticed and appreciated, give constructive feedback, and discuss the options available for training and future development and aspirations. They provide a fantastic platform for growth, and driving high performance, time therefore well spent.

This course has been designed for any people manager, to help them plan and conduct really effective appraisals in the future, as well as appreciate the benefits in so doing, for all parties.

Typical learning outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between appraisal, performance, development and organisational effectiveness
  • Explain the aims of appraisal and performance management
  • Appreciate the benefits of performing appraisal meetings to all
  • Understand how to prepare and conduct effective appraisals
  • Set SMART objectives
  • Articulate ways of communicating openly and honestly
  • Be able to deliver difficult messages
  • Be able to overcome pitfalls in appraisals
  • Be able to set motivational development plans
  • A personal action plan

Course format options

  • In House Course

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