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Performance Development Reviews
2 Day Course
Course Objectives:

To enable individuals to: £1300 per day for up to 8 delegates

  • conduct professional performance development reviews (PDR)
  • anticipate potential pitfalls and learn how to deal with them
  • prepare effectively
  • seek objective 'evidence' on which to base feedback
  • ensure that reviewees are fully prepared
  • give constructive and motivational feedback
  • agree improvement targets, business and developmental plans
  • ensure that objectives and personal development plans are implemented and achieved
Course details:
  • Considerations

  • What is a PDR?

    Why review?

    Anticipating potential pitfalls

  • Preparation

  • Preparation by reviewer

    Preparation by reviewee

    Gaining evidence

    Using self reviews

    Using behavioural examples

    Using competencies (where relevant)

    Avoiding common mistakes

    Job descriptions/role profiles

    What to include/omit

  • The review process

  • Structuring the meeting

    Starting positively

    Encouraging participation

    Staying flexible

    Coping with the unexpected

    Conducting the meeting

  • Questioning and listening skills

  • Active listening and questioning skills

    Remaining neutral

  • Giving feedback

  • Using feedback to motivate

    The differences between positive and negative feedback

    Giving feedback constructively

    Gaining commitment to change

  • Agreeing objectives and action plans

  • Business objectives

    Improvement standards and targets

    Development objectives

    Agreeing Action Plans

    Agreeing Personal Development Plans

  • The review form

  • Completing the documentation

    Making the assessment

  • Post interview procedure

  • Ensuring reviewee objectives are achieved

    Implementing personal development plans

    Improving management credibility

    Reviewing the process
    Tailoring the Course Content:

    Catalyst will endeavour, with your help and approval, to tailor the course content as much as possible. We can do this by:

    • Incorporating your organisation's PDRl documentation
    • Referring to your organisation's policies, guides and procedures
    • Agreeing pre-course and post-course work
    • Tailoring exercises and the course manual to suit your requirements
    • Giving delegates advice on, and time to complete, your appraisal documentation

    For further details on how Catalyst can tailor your course see Tailored Courses.


    The emphasis of the course is on the practical skills required in an appraisal meeting and how it can be used to motivate staff and maximise performance. The trainers who facilitate this course have extensive appraisals experience and are keen to give pragmatic advice.

    Who should attend?:

    This course is intended for anyone who appraises others. This may include: people new to appraisal interviewing, people who have appraised but had no formal training and more experienced appraisers who wish to remind themselves of the basics whilst developing a more sophisticated appraisal technique.

    Designed by TWD