Performance Appraisal Training Courses – The Pre Appraisal Meeting

This one-day appraisal course will teach delegates how to raise the motivation of employees and improve performance through setting objectives; giving effective feedback and praise. Our performance management course also provides tips and techniques for managing conflict in appraisals as well as showing delegates how to write effective performance reviews quickly, easily and effectively.  Delegates who have taken our appraisal courses have gone on to see a dramatic increase in staff performance through applying the strategies they have learnt in the art of ‘appraising employees successfully’.

The Pre Appraisal meeting

This meeting is an essential part of the appraisal process as it allows both the appraiser and appraisee to discuss the structure, content and timings of the appraisal. The manager should be aware that a member of staff new to appraisals may require some coaching on how to complete the form.

The meeting should be designed to cover the following:

  • establish the agenda items
  • explain the structure of the interview
  • set out the importance of the appraisal
  • outline the two distinct aspects of the appraisal
  • show mutual benefit to the appraisee and the appraiser
  • indicate what will and will not be discussed
  • reassure the appraisee
  • get confirmation on the completion of the pre appraisal form
  • determine times, duration and location
  • give sufficient time to prepare
  • go over blank form with employee
  • emphasise that their preparation is essential

A typical way of communicating the importance of the appraisal is given below:

“Hi Sarah, as you know your appraisal is in three weeks and I thought I’d let you know what will happen and also answer any questions you may have. I’ve booked the board room for 3pm on Thursday the 18th for two hours.

The purpose of the appraisal is to provide you with feedback about your job performance during the review period. I’ll need to know how you feel you’ve done over the last 12 months and then I’ll give you feedback on how I feel you have performed. It enables both of us to look ahead to agree objectives for the coming year and to agree a development plan for you.

I can’t stress enough that the appraisal is two way and your input is vital to its success. The next 12 months will be an exciting and challenging time for all of us and I want to ensure that you know what I’m expecting of you and for you to know how I’ll be supporting you and your development.

I’ll need you to fill in this self-appraisal form. It’s designed to enable you to reflect upon your past job performance and to plan ahead. It will help you make an effective contribution to your own appraisal. I’d like it back by next Thursday so I’ll run over the form with you now and if you’re still unsure about filling in anything on it let me know and I’ll help you.”

Performance Appraisal Training Courses

When it comes to employee performance appraisals, setting SMART objectives and giving constructive feedback are essential skills for any manager and our appraisal training courses show delegates how to carry out appraisal and performance reviews successfully.

Course Dates

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Who will benefit from the course?

Our appraisal training seminars enable delegates to understand the processes which will make them more effective and increase their confidence and sense of achievement. Anyone who needs to master the principles and practices of an effective performance review; including senior/junior managers, supervisors, training/hr managers, directors, administrative and technical staff.

What will delegates learn?

  • how to structure the interview
  • how to build rapport and relax the appraisee
  • how to avoid appraisal pitfalls
  • how to praise and criticise constructively
  • how to pre-empt and handle difficult situations
  • how to complete the appraisal form clearly and objectively
  • how to ensure great performance is maintained after the appraisal

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