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Performance Appraisal: How To Give An Appraisal

Who Should Attend?

Supervisors, managers, those who have people reporting to them.


Giving and Accepting Feedback is recommended as a supplemental course.

Program Goals

  • The importance of setting good, measurable objectives with people
  •  Features of both good and bad performance appraisals
  •  The importance of focusing on behavior, not the individual, in a performance review
  •  Aspects of an effective appraisal meeting with a subordinate
  •  The importance of maintaining the self-esteem of employees
  • Optional: how to use a specific company appraisal form

Course Description

The course is designed to help participants who are responsible for giving performance appraisals. The importance of using this process to improve human performance is stressed. The focus is on the future, and how to discuss the strengths and developmental needs of employees with positive results. Some organizations use this as an opportunity to link compensation to performance.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to performance appraisal
  • The value of Performance Appraisals
  •  Role of the supervisor, employee
  • Job Descriptions (setting performance expectations)
  • Setting “S.M.A.R.T.” objectives
  • The Performance Appraisal Form (optional: company specific form)
  •  Measuring performance against goals
  •  Common errors in judging performance
  • A “self-appraisal” exercise
  • Conducting a performance appraisal
  •  Intro to “Receiving a Performance Appraisal”

Course Length

4 hours (can be modified for an individual company form)


Additional materials are available (purchase) as a resource / reference for those attending If the course is intended to be used with a specific company appraisal form, the instructor willneed this in advance so materials can be tailored to the use of this form.

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