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LearningWire #224 – Performance Appraisal Toolkit, E-learning and Knowledge Management at the crossroads, how to choose trainin


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 224
7 October 2002
Brought to you in association with Echelon and

LIBRARY: New! Performance Appraisal Toolkit
NEWS/FEATURES: E-learning and Knowledge Management at the
CAREERZONE: Senior Training Officer, Manchester, 22-25k
COMMUNITY: How to choose training courses and providers?

Editor's note

The use of appraisal in organisations seems commonplace these
days, but if you've been tasked with setting up a scheme where
you work, it's not always clear where to start. Now Glasstap,
who created the Training Needs Analysis Toolkit, one of the most
regularly purchased items in the TrainingZONE Library, have added
the Performance Appraisal Toolkit to the site. Designed to help
you introduce an effective and comprehensive performance
appraisal system based on partnership and communication, the pack
contains a range of handy templates and case study explaining how
to put it into practice. Find out more at

One thought-provoking question that's been highlighted by a
TrainingZONE member during the course of this week is the issue
of choosing training courses and providers. If you're looking to
implement some training within your organisation, do you get
recommendations from other managers, use former work colleagues,
search directories like the ones on TrainingZONE or start
elsewhere? With so many providers, how do you judge their
suitability and effectiveness? Join the debate now at

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE

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New! Performance Appraisal Toolkit
Brand new from Glasstap, creators of the popular Training Needs
Analysis Toolkit comes the Performance Appraisal Toolkit.
The Toolkit covers objective setting, behaviour and skills
analysis, training and development planning and offers invaluable
assistance to managers and other staff, helping them undertake
successful performance reviews. All templates necessary
to introduce an effective and comprehensive performance appraisal
system based on partnership and communication are included and
there is even a case study to show how the process and forms work
in practice. Forms are included in pdf format, with some in Word
format to facilitate on-screen completion. The toolkit also
includes a generic set of behaviours and behaviour indicators for
those organisations that don't currently have their own set of
behaviours or competencies.

To view a sample of these materials and to purchase the full pack
for just 125 GBP + VAT, see



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TrainingZONE's News and Features pages offer a whole host
of informative and original comment, advice and information
on all things HRD. Access it all at

Topical Briefings

Want to read more on a particular subject? Here's a
selection of detailed articles from the Topical Briefings
archive this week:

Workaholism: Are you a victim?
Professor Marc Buelens of the People and Organisation Competence
Centre, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, looks at how
attachment to work can become unhealthy.

Who's afraid of flexible working?
Everyone likes the idea of flexible working, but worries that it
spells career death...are they right?

E-learning and Knowledge Management at the crossroads
Peter Richards looks at how to ensure that e-learning/knowledge
management programmes are implemented properly.

And one from the archives:

Coaching and mentoring - on being a disruptive influence
In this third column for TrainingZONE, Dr Richard Hale considers
the need to ask awkward questions, and for individuals sometimes
to be prepared to upset the status quo.

Access the full archive of Topical Briefings now at


Got specialist interests? Build yourself a personalised news page

LSC calls for public-private partnership for e-learning

New report looks at IT skills needs

For all the in-depth features and analysis on e-learning,
visit our E-learning In Focus pages at

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For more information or to arrange an online trial e-mail or
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Any Answers

Get help with your pressing training issues - and share some
advice around too - by going to Any Answers at

A selection from this week's questions:

- Does anyone have ideas for an away day for a newly formed HR
function?, asks Sarah Edwards

- What methods do companies use for choosing training courses
and providers?, asks Benjamin Ball

- I am wondering if anyone has any exciting ideas for activities
that can be used during a change management one day training
programme?, asks Penny Cole

Thanks to Debbie Williams, Megan Borysiewicz Cole and Bob Foley,
who were among those sharing the benefit of their expertise with
other members this week.

Make sure you receive your fortnightly edition of the Any Answers
digest by updating your news alerts at


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