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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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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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40 The Silent Message

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40 The Silent Message

DESCRIPTION

Initially, the participants are divided into teams of four, each team being asked to consider what benefit the appraisal system is to the company and writing their thoughts in a statement of less than 12 words, which is handed to the trainer. The groups are then instructed to prepare a charade of their statement that they will then perform for the other groups, whose task it is to guess the statement in the shortest time. The discussion that follows looks at the similarities and differences in the teams’ perceptions. The activity ends with the whole group considering the benefits of the appraisal system to both the appraiser and appraisee.

SITUATIONS

Ideally, this activity should be run with individuals from the same company.

This is a highly participative activity that could be used as an icebreaker. It is suitable for appraisers at any level of experience.

OBJECTIVE

To confirm people’s perception of the benefits of the appraisal system to the company, the appraiser, and the appraisee

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28 The Motivation Minefield

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28 The Motivation Minefield

DESCRIPTION

This is a practical exercise looking at the power of motivation and the selffulfilling prophecy. Participants are given a practical task to complete.

Unbeknownst to others, two members of the group have been told to adopt a negative attitude. The review centers on how their negative attitude affected the group’s operation and the impact a negative person can have on the appraisal process.

SITUATIONS

This group activity can be used to examine the impact that attitudes can have on a task. In particular, it highlights the influence a negative attitude can have on an appraisal system. Alternatively, the exercise could be used to demonstrate the influence that a negative attitude can have on any aspect of people’s lives. It is a practical activity for all levels. The activity can provide a way of discussing attitudes with people who have a negative approach to appraisals.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To demonstrate how the self-fulfilling prophecy affects motivation

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9 But when have I got the time?

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DESCRIPTION

But when have I got the time?

This is an activity designed to give appraisers an opportunity to review their time management, with the goal of allocating more time to appraisals.

Participants complete a visual chart detailing their current workload and a questionnaire examining how they presently use their time. The chart and questionnaire are reviewed in pairs, and people decide how they will allocate more time to appraisals.

SITUATIONS

This exercise can be used to help appraisers who have difficulty in finding sufficient time for appraisals. It is ideal for those who have a basic understanding of time management and need an opportunity to review its implementation.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To review people’s current workload and their time management

To identify how more time can be allocated to appraisals

90 minutes

Flipchart and markers

Handouts 9.1 and 9.2

1. Before the session begins, list the following five headings on the flipchart:

Review the necessity of each task

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