Performance Appraisal Training

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Performance Appraisal Course

Learn how to conduct effective performance appraisals.

A comprehensive one-day performance appraisal course for managers, to improve appraisers’ performance management techniques.

Provides practical performance appraisal training to help participants:

  • Acquire the critical knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake effective performance appraisal discussions with their direct reports.
  • Improve the performance of their direct reports through the effective use of the performance management process.

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For team leaders and line managers who have a responsibility for managing the performance and conduct of others at work.

Course objectives

By the end of the one-day appraisal skills training course, participants will be able to:

  • State the core principles and benefits of effective performance appraisals
  • Set and write SMART performance objectives
  • Review the appraisee’s performance and clearly summarise the agreed level of performance
  • Give constructive and motivational feedback
  • Hold structured conversational performance appraisal meetings

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Principles of effective appraisals

  • Performance management, the tools and their benefits
  • Principles of effective performance appraisal discussions
  • Organisations performance appraisal process
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ style quiz or speed chatting/ revolving flipchart exercise, presentation and group discussion

Setting SMART Objectives

  • Objective setting process
  • Communicating performance objectives
  • Writing SMART performance objectives
  • Presentation, the ‘shoot out’ exercise with facilitated group review, paired written practice and group discussion

The appraisal meeting

  • Structuring and introducing the appraisal meeting
  • Identifying the key skills needed
  • Evidencing performance
  • Demonstration/presentation, paired exercise and facilitated group review discussion

Appraisal skills

  • Questioning, listening and giving feedback
  • Presentation, paired and small group exercises, and facilitated group discussion

Practicing the key skills in conducting an appraisal

  • Each participant takes the role of appraisee, appraiser and observer using a checklist
  • Practice sessions in trios with group learning review and discussion

Performance appraisal documentation and follow up

  • Reviewing internal performance appraisal documentation
  • Providing follow up to the appraisal and frequency
  • Preparing for the performance appraisal meeting
  • Review of documentation, group discussion and preparation checklist

Review and next steps

  • Review of learning and action planning
  • Course feedback

The performance appraisal training will be supported with:

  • An optional participant pre-course questionnaire and/or pre-course reading
  • A colour printed workbook with techniques and tips for conducting appraisals as well as space for personal notes
  • An optional performance guide summarising the key points

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Standard UK course pricing - performance appraisal

The pricing below is for delivering the performance appraisal course on a weekday, for the specified number of participants. Prices exclude travel expenses and optional workbook printing. We supply a free PDF for our client to print the training materials.

Half-day course…
  • 3-4 participants £625 +VAT
  • 5-6 participants £650 +VAT
  • 7-12 participants £695 +VAT
One-day course…
  • 3-4 participants £895 +VAT
  • 5-6 participants £950 +VAT
  • 7-12 participants £995 +VAT
2 x Half-day courses…

Run on the same weekday.

  • 6 participants £950 +VAT
  • 7-12 participants £995 +VAT
  • 13-24 participants £1095 +VAT
Type of course: In-house

Our performance appraisal training is run at the business premises of our client, on an agreed date. The minimum number of course participants is 3, read why.

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What's included

Our prices already include some tailoring of the course to your business needs, as standard. For example, we will embed your own work-based scenarios into the training, at no additional cost. Alternatively, to discuss a fully bespoke course…

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Discount pricing

Some additional discounts are available for not-for-profit organisations, the NHS and Public Sector, as well as registered charities…

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In-House Training Locations

We deliver in-house performance appraisal training for companies right across the UK and have local trainers covering the following areas:

  • London and the South East
  • The Thames Valley – including Slough, Maidenhead, Oxford and Swindon
  • Cambridge
  • Norwich and East Anglia
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Manchester and the North West
  • Southampton and Bournemouth
  • Birmingham and the Midlands
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff and South Wales
  • Exeter and the South West
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

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Minimum No. of Course Participants is 3, read why