The Appraisal Game™ | Appraisals Training Activity

Delegates can practise their appraisal skills in a risk-free environment. The Appraisal Game defines 'appraisal', challenges assumptions, establishes basic principles and practices, and puts them to the test. Great introduction. *This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.*

Learning Objectives

  • the true definition of appraisal
  • to identify the problems people have with appraisal
  • the real benefits of appraisal
  • to understand how an appraisal process should work
  • the importance of preparation - for both parties
  • how to conduct an appraisal interview
  • the concept of “critical incidents”

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 24 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount on multiple licences to use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    2 to 4 teams of 3-6 per team

  • Timing

    2 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

First it defines appraisal. Second it establishes basic principles and practices. Third it involves all participants in a simulated appraisal session.

Teams begin with a questionnaire that challenges assumptions and misconceptions and clarifies what a good appraisal is all about.

Next, they study and present to the other teams different aspects of appraisal: the benefits, the fears and objections, the forms and the interview itself.

Thirdly teams are given clearly defined briefs in preparation for simulated appraisal interviews (as the roles are very clearly defined, this is not strictly role-play). Other members of the team act as observers, supplying feedback to appraiser and appraisee for general discussion. Highly interactive. Thoroughly enjoyed by participants.

Trainer's Role

  • Issue the questionnaire to each participant and allow 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Ask participants to draw up the Top Ten statements that best describe the appraisal process. Lead a discussion on their statements.
  • Divide participants into teams and issue Team Folders. Allow 50 minutes for teams to discuss the issues raised. Teams then give a 10 minute presentation to the other teams.
  • Divide the group into two or more teams and issue with team briefs. Each team holds an appraisal interview.
  • Lead a discussion on the key learning points.

Full guidance provided in the Trainer’s Notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes (PDF file)
  • Trainer's PowerPoint (PPT file)
  • Part One:
    • Appraisal Handout (PDF file)
  • Part Two:
    • Introduction (PDF file)
    • Bidding Form (PDF file)
    • Client Enquiries A, B, C & D (PDF files)
    • Appraisal Forms 1, 2 & 3 (PDF files)
  • Part Three:
    • Apraisee Team Brief (PDF file)
    • Appraiser Team Brief (PDF file)
    • Apraisee Set of Four Datacards (PDF files)
    • Appraiser Set of Six Datacards (PDF files)

This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

Fun, interactive, thought-provoking - I used 'The Appraisal Game' in teamwork, training & building with Contact Centre Team Managers. One Team Manager began to realise that her style was quite aggressive and it allowed others to say so in a non-confrontational way. We are now using this activity with all of our CL Advisors on their 'Have Your Say Day'.

Patsy McGill, People Development, National Express

My overall impression about 'The Appraisal Game' is that it is brilliant! I used it with supervisors and middle managers, who are expected to carry out “supervision” sessions with their staff. It helped participants understand what appraisal is about and how to properly run an appraisal. What makes it brilliant for me is that it can be used flexibly and different parts can be combined depending on what trainees need. Also, it fits beautifully with other development training such as feedback, assertiveness and reaching agreement. This is the best training activity about appraisals that I’ve seen.

Alan Shaw, Senior Trainer, Carshaw Consultants

I used 'The Appraisal Game' in training sessions with staff in groups of 10, where the objective was to understand the purpose and process of an appraisal, and to practise holding an appraisal interview. The learning outcomes were that the experience should be 'positive'; realisation that it is a two-way process; and that preparation is absolutely essential. One role play was so bad that it highlighted all the things not to do! One was excellent. The group being active the whole time went down well – they enjoyed it and didn’t get bored. All learnt from each other. It actually helped the managers with their own team building! 'The Appraisal Game' is a good training exercise - participants felt they had learned a lot and have produced some good appraisals.

Stephen Sharkey, HR Manager, Mathmos Ltd

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