Performance Appraisal Training Courses – Why do Appraisal Systems Fail?

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’.

Why do appraisal systems fail?

Despite the considerable benefits to be gained, not all appraisal systems are found to be effective.

The main reasons for failure to achieve the desired results are:

a)      lack of clear commitment to the process from the top

b)      lack of management commitment

c)      one or both parties being unaware of the format and aims of the interview

d)      lack of training for appraisers and appraisees

e)      lack of emphasis on employee involvement in the appraisal process

f)       lack of reference to business objectives when designing the appraisal process

g)      making the appraisal process overly complicated and onerous

h)      an unclear definition of the appraisee’s job

i)        subjectivity

j)        biased or incomplete data

There are other reasons why some managers are against appraisal or do not like doing them, including:

  • dislike of the interview situation
  • lack of time
  • confrontational nature of the interview
  • embarrassment if the appraisee is substandard
  • hard work preparing for the interview
  • not knowing how to structure the interview
  • thinking they can’t make accurate assessments of people.

If both parties are made fully aware of the benefits of appraisal, then the traditional notion of the appraisal interview as a regular chore can be eliminated and replaced with a more positive attitude.

The most critical factor is to gain the commitment of those who will be involved in implementing the appraisal process. If they do not believe in the appraisal system it cannot succeed.

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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