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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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15 Do you really mean that?

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15 Do you really mean that?

DESCRIPTION

This activity concentrates on writing clear performance reviews on appraisals and improving feedback writing skills. Participants rewrite a series of statements, making them more clear, specific, and appropriate, and add two broad statements they might have written in the past and appropriate alternatives. A review follows, highlighting the need for factual evidence when giving feedback in a written form on the appraisal.

SITUATIONS

This activity is suitable for all those who have recently taken on the responsibility of appraisals and wish to improve their writing skills when giving appraisees feedback on past performance. It would also be an ideal activity to follow Activity 5: The BOFF Principle, because it would enable individuals to continue putting the theory into practice.

OBJECTIVES

To improve a person’s ability to write in a clear and concise manner

To confirm the need for factual evidence to back up comments on an appraisee’s past performance

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33 Picture This

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33 Picture This

DESCRIPTION

SITUATIONS

This activity begins with participants individually producing a visual image that expresses their thoughts about their company’s current appraisal system. The participants use the pictures as a base to elaborate on their thoughts. Similarities and differences between the views expressed on paper and verbally are then explored. A future course of action is then compiled, if necessary.

Ideally, this activity should be run with participants who all work for the same company. This exercise can be used in three ways:

1.

As an icebreaker to encourage all participants to join in a discussion on their company’s system

2.

As an energizer, providing variety during a course where many of the exercises are written

3.

As a continuation of Activity 7: Bull’s-eye.

If participants generate their pictures as pre-work and bring them to the session, they can be used to discuss, produce, and agree on future objectives and action plans.

OBJECTIVES

To establish the views of the participants on the current appraisal system

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24 It’s all experience!

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24 It’s all experience!

DESCRIPTION

This activity helps appraisers learn from their own experiences of giving appraisal interviews. Working alone, participants list their thoughts on their experiences of appraisal interviews. As a group, participants then share these experiences and consider the most imaginative way of presenting this information to the trainer. The group then gives a presentation and then the trainer guides the group in producing a checklist of best practices for conducting future appraisal interviews.

SITUATIONS

This activity could be used in three distinct ways: first, as a survey to identify the specific developmental needs of a group of appraisers; second, as an icebreaker; and third, as an activity on an appraisal skills course.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To help individuals identify their training needs, based on actual experiences

To emphasize to individuals that they can learn from success as well as failure

To produce a checklist of good practices for taking future appraisal interviews

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34 Piece by Piece

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34 Piece by Piece

DESCRIPTION

This activity involves completing a puzzle, cut from the letter E. Working in threes, one person follows verbal instructions on how to complete the puzzle from a second person, and the third person in the group observes. A discussion follows, using feedback from the observer, regarding the importance of clear and concise communication. This is then related to communication during the appraisal process.

SITUATIONS

This is a participative exercise, completed in groups of three. It can be used as a general communication exercise. Alternatively, the review of the exercise can focus particularly on communication throughout the appraisal process.

OBJECTIVES

TIME

MATERIALS

REQUIRED

METHOD

To highlight the techniques of clear verbal communication

To emphasize the importance of clear communication during the appraisal process

40 minutes

Flipchart and markers

Handout 34.1

Jigsaw puzzles made from white card stock in the exact format shown on Handout 34.1

1. Before the activity, cut out sufficient sets of jigsaw pieces from white card stock, using Handout 34.1 as a template.

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