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25 Just Stick to the Facts

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25 Just Stick to the Facts

DESCRIPTION

This activity illustrates the difference between facts, judgments, and irrelevant information. Initially, the group produces a definition for each.

Small-group work follows with each group analyzing news events as recorded in a current daily newspaper. The articles are assessed to determine how many facts, judgments, and pieces of irrelevant information are included. The whole group is reconvened and is asked to consider what personal opinion the writer had on the situation or personality. The general discussion links the learning to the writing of appraisals.

SITUATIONS

This is a short, practical activity that can be used to highlight the need for factual and evidence-based appraisals.

OBJECTIVES

To understand the difference between facts, judgments, and irrelevant information

To discuss the importance of using factual evidence in an appraisal

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

30 minutes

Flipchart and markers

Copies of a current daily newspaper

1. Before the activity, write each of these headings on three separate pieces of flipchart paper:

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31 Perception of You and Me

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31 Perception of You and Me

DESCRIPTION

This activity focuses on key job skills with the opportunity to assess strengths and weaknesses. The activity starts with the trainer giving an explanation of the theory Four Steps to Learning. The group agrees on the key skills required to complete the appraisee’s job. Individually, the appraiser and appraisee then plot the standard of performance of the appraisee on a blank copy of a chart depicting Four Steps to Learning. They discuss similarities and differences and a joint chart can then be produced.

SITUATIONS

This activity may be run as a group training session with appraisees and their relevant appraisers. All of the group should complete similar jobs.

Alternatively, this activity is usually suited to a one-to-one discussion between an appraiser and an appraisee. It can be beneficial to both parties when preparing for the actual appraisal interview.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To understand the theory of Four Steps to Learning

To identify the key job skills of the appraisee

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41 So you know their job?

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41 So you know their job?

DESCRIPTION

This is a light-hearted activity focusing on the compilation of job descriptions and how they link into the appraisal process. Following a discussion on the writing of a job description, the group is split into small break-out groups.

Each small group thinks of a well-known job such as a teacher. They then imagine they are about to recruit a person for this job. In preparation for this job search, they need to write a job description for the applicants. Once they have written the job description, the groups exchange and critique each other’s work using a checklist.

SITUATIONS

This activity is ideal for all appraisers to establish the importance of a job description within the appraisal process. They could use the checklist to audit some of the existing job descriptions within the workplace.

OBJECTIVES

To practice writing a job description and have it critiqued by other members of the group

To discuss the need for clearly defined job descriptions

To practice writing skills such as clarity of language

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17 The evidence I shall give…

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17 The evidence I shall give…

DESCRIPTION

This activity demonstrates the importance of factual evidence. The group is split in half. Group 1 compiles a set of guidelines on how to gather evidence.

Group 2 is given information outlining a bank robbery, and they extract evidence from it in readiness to present their case for their client to secure a lenient sentence. Group 1 listens to the evidence presented and checks to see if their guidelines have been followed. A group discussion follows examining the need for accurate, specific, and factual evidence in appraisals.

SITUATIONS

This is a practical group activity that can be used to show the importance of basing performance assessments on facts.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To highlight how to gather evidence

To demonstrate the importance of using factual evidence during the appraisal process

50 minutes

Flipchart and markers

Handout 17.1

Paper and pens

1. Before the start of this activity, arrange for the use of an additional room for break-out group work.

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30 Pathway to the Future

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30 Pathway to the Future

DESCRIPTION

This is a pictorial activity followed by a group discussion on career planning.

It involves participants completing two pie charts. The first chart details the percentage breakdown of tasks in their existing jobs. The second chart details their preferred percentage breakdown. The discussion that follows explores the differences and similarities to see if they could adapt the emphasis of their existing job or plan a new career path.

SITUATIONS

This activity can be completed in the workplace by the appraisee and then discussed with the person’s line manager. Alternatively, it can be run as a group activity if members of the group have similar jobs. If it is run as a group activity, then the discussions should take place in groups no larger than four.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To give each participant the opportunity to analyze differences and similarities between their current job and their preferred job

To produce an action plan for the future detailing how to adapt the emphasis of an individual’s current job or plan a new career direction

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