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Discussing Performance


We are rolling out a performance review process across the organisation and this will include a multimedia component in the form of an instructional video/dvd.

Unfortunately the one I have is at risk of coming across as being far too patronising and because performance reviews are a new introduction, I need to tread very carefully with the media I use.

I would prefer a UK version.

If you have any ideas or sites I can grab a preview off I'd be more than happy to hear from you!

Elise Whittaker

4 Responses

  1. video arts
    there is a quite old (80s?) video arts title about coaching that sounds as though it should fit the bill.
    I can’t remember the exact title but it concerns a young female becoming a manager and trying to learn performance management better than her ex-boss.
    It is UK, including men and women, young and older and ethnic minority characters.

    I hope this helps

  2. A helping hand?
    I think the title Rus is referring to is ‘The helping hand’, a Video Arts title which looks specifically at developing on-the-job coaching skills.
    They’ve also got a new release in this area called ‘Pass it on:
    coaching skills for managers’ which is a good introduction to performance review.

    For specific help with introducing an appraisal system there are two
    other titles: ‘The dreaded appraisal’ and ‘Performance review’. has information on all the titles.

    I hope this helps!

    Susie Finch
    Editor, features

  3. Getting the balance right
    One of the greatest bugbears with this area is that precious little material addresses things form the appraisee’s perspective. I you put out the message that reviews are two way process, a collaboration, a chance to be heard, etc. but then weight your training on one side of the desk it makes a mockery of all those good intentions.

    When I developed a blended solution looking at review from the reviewee’s perspective, I wound up scripting (and directing) my own video footage.

    Everything was either fatuous or patronising or completely overlooked the reviewee – making them feel ‘done to’ which is exactly what you want to avoid!

  4. Scott Bradbury
    Scott Bradbury do several DVDs that may help. There is one called Feedback: Fixing Performance Problems and another on Agreeing Development Objectives. I can really recommend these as we’ve looked at several of those they offer. Their website is


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