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Appraisal Training exercises


Im designing a performance appraisal worksop to deliver to managers / appraisers next week.

Does anyone have information about some effective exercises I can use?

The groups will contain 10-12 managers with varying levels of expereince in appraising staff.

I'm looking to make the session fun, practical, interactive, enjoyable yet effective!

Any tips on how to liven up these potentially tedious sessions and make them memorable?

Any intereting role plays?

rachel haake

4 Responses

  1. Top trumps

    I’m not sure if rating performance is part of the course, if so, playing a game of ‘top trumps’ works well.

    Split delegates into small groups, give eah a set of ‘top trumps’ cards, and ask them to choose best 10. This brings out all sorts of points about decision making, the importance of getting as many views as possible, being clear about the assessment criteria and so on. I wrote this into a programme for a large financial organisation recently, and it seems to go down well – a light hearted intro to a potentially difficult topic.

  2. Practical exercises
    Identify a few typical tricky problems your managers are likely to face at appraisal discussions – the sort that many managers avoid facing. Write separate realistic briefs for manager and appraisee. Get couples to play the parts and act them out in turn before the whole group. Get the group to observe and comment on what happens and how the situations could have been best managed. You will get plenty of involvement.Draw out and summarise the lessons. You’ll collect enough material for guidelines.Use video as well if you have enough time, and get members to identify lessons and principles.People learn a lot from seeing how they can influence a discussion.

  3. Appraisal skills exercises
    Hi Rachel
    I designed an excercise a few years ago entitled the Waiter Rating exercise. It puts delegates in the guise of a manager having to appraise the performance of the Waiter/Waitress in taking meal orders at a table of a posh restaurant. It helps them think through levels of performance and where the behaviours might fit into a 5 point rating scale. It’s good fun, particularly if you get the delegates working in groups and sharing their standards of performance.
    I am happy to send you (or anyone else) a copy. Let me know on [email protected].
    Hope that helps.
    Happy Days!

  4. exercise
    Hi Rachel,

    I have an exercise that I use during appraisal training that I would be happy to share with you.
    please contact me at [email protected] for a copy




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