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Learn How To Make The Most of Appraisals

Making The Most of Appraisals

Course Ref. 10016
No. of Days Half Day
Participants 6 to 8

Target Audience

Staff who may not fully appreciate how useful appraisals are and who want to use their appraisal process to their best advantage.

Course Objectives

Understand the purpose and benefits of appraisal
Prepare objectively for the reviews
Make the most of the appraisal process through improved communication skills
Take responsibility for self development


Presentation, discussion and group work through practical exercises.

Important notes

This course can (and should) be tailored to take account of your firms' appraisal process and framework.

Course Contents

Welcome and introductions

Course objectives and overview

What is appraisal and what is it for?

  • Key questions to ask yourself

An overview of the firm's appraisal system

  • What self assessment means
  • Using a competency framework
  • Rating competencies
  • Creating and using a personal development file
  • Keeping records
  • Upward reviews

The formal review meeting

  • Timescales to be aware of
  • What the appraisor does
  • Communication issues
  • Looking forward not back
  • Giving specific feedback

The future

  • Looking forward, not back
  • Setting SMART objectives
  • Agreeing the way forward

Action session

Summary and close