Online Class: Job Performance Appraisals - A How To Guide

Performance Appraisal 101 is an in-depth study of various performance appraisal methods. We'll discuss the benefits and challenges of various methodologies as well as alternatives to performance appraisals.

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Course Description

Empowerment through Enlightened Evaluations: Mastering Job Performance Appraisals

In a dynamic and ever-evolving professional landscape, the cornerstone to nurturing talent and ensuring organizational growth is a robust performance appraisal system. Welcome to our comprehensive course, where we unlock the multi-faceted universe of performance assessments. From fledgling startups to corporate giants, a meaningful performance evaluation strategy holds the power to sculpt success stories.

Course Highlights:

  1. Genesis of Performance Appraisals: Explore the historical evolution and the very essence of performance appraisals. Understand their raison d'être in today’s corporate paradigm.
  2. Spectrum of Evaluation Methods: From conventional judgment evaluations to the holistic 360-degree appraisals, discover a plethora of methodologies. Delve into the merits, challenges, and best-use cases for each.
  3. The New-Age Alternatives: Witness the avant-garde alternatives like fostering organizational commitment that are reshaping the future of employee assessments.
  4. Diverse Workforces & Cultural Nuances: Grasp the intricate interplay of cultural dynamics and their impact on evaluations. Navigate the unique challenges posed by a global and non-traditional workforce.
  5. Legal and Ethical Grounding: Ensure your appraisal systems stand strong on the pillars of legality and morality. Safeguard your organization and its people against potential pitfalls.
  6. Insightful Objectivity: While performance metrics and numbers are pivotal, we delve deep into balancing objective measures with human insights for a fuller picture.
  7. Performance Conversations: Master the art of feedback. Learn to offer constructive insights, draw future roadmaps, and ensure performance reviews serve as catalysts for growth and development.
  8. Empowering Employees: Equip your employees with the understanding and tools to derive maximum benefit from appraisals. Transform evaluations from mere assessments to strategic career dialogues.

What Sets This Course Apart?
While many courses focus solely on the managerial perspective, we recognize the immense value in empowering all stakeholders. Whether you are a CEO making strategic decisions, a middle manager overseeing a team, or an entry-level professional seeking to understand and excel in your own appraisals, our course is tailored for you.

The world of performance appraisals is laden with nuances, potentials, and pitfalls. The crux of an effective appraisal is not merely in the act but in the intent, execution, and follow-through. Our course ensures that you wield this powerful tool with precision, sensitivity, and effectiveness.

Navigating the Appraisal Labyrinth:
Performance evaluations, in many ways, are akin to mirrors. They reflect the state of an organization, the alignment of its people, and the direction of its future. But, like any reflection, its clarity and utility are determined by the quality of the mirror and the light shone upon it. This course illuminates the intricacies of evaluations, ensuring that organizations and individuals gain a clear, constructive, and actionable reflection.

Join us as we journey through this enlightening expedition. Let's sculpt a future where performance evaluations are not dreaded encounters but cherished dialogues of growth, alignment, and mutual success.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.3 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(339 votes)

Lesson 1: Performance Appraisal Overview

Performance appraisals are considered to be an essential aspect of career development and typically occur at regular times throughout the year, or on an annual basis as determined by the organization or business where the employee works. Additional lesson topics: Purpose of a Performance Appraisal 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Potential Benefits and Problems of Performance Appraisals

Whether you are a top-level executive, middle manager, or at the bottom of the company's food chain, understanding the pitfalls and potential upsides of performance reviews can help. Additional lesson topics: What Are the Benefits of Performance Appraisals to the Organization? 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Who, When, Where, and How?

When it comes to performance appraisals, companies have a wide range of acceptable ways to handle them in terms of how often they are performed, who completes them, and what information is used to determine the employee's success at their job. Additional lesson topics: Making the Grade: The Elements of an Effective Performance Appraisal 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Traditional Judgmental Evaluations

The most common method of performance appraisal is the traditional judgmental evaluation. Additional lesson topics: Performance Appraisals Don't Work 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Peer and Self-Evaluations

Some companies and organizational psychologists advocate the use of peer evaluations and/or self-evaluations to help combat some of the issues with judgmental evaluations performed by supervisors. Additional lesson topics: Alternatives to Performance Appraisals 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Traditional Performance Appraisals Alternatives

Due to myriad flaws identified in traditional judgmental evaluations, as well as peer and self-evaluations, the most current theories within business management and organizational psychology involve combined approaches. Additional lesson topics: What Is a 360-Degree Feedback Assessment? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Performance Appraisals in Non-Traditional Work Settings

Conducting performance appraisals in non-traditional work settings provides unique challenges and benefits to both employer and employee. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Legal, Career, and Cultural Implications of Performance Appraisals

An employee typically needs to be reviewed not only in accordance with their job description, but also their role within a larger context. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Preparing for Performance Appraisals

As an employer, the most important decision you'll make regarding performance appraisals is what type you intend to do. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Alternatives to Performance Appraisals

For those managers that are unsure if standard performance appraisals are the right way to go for their company, there are alternatives gaining ground among business leaders and organizational psychologists. 57 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a performance appraisal is
  • Summarize potential benefits and problems of performance appraisals.
  • Describe traditional judgmental evaluations.
  • Describe peer and self-evaluations.
  • Describe traditional performance appraisals alternatives.
  • Describe performance appraisals in non-traditional work settings.
  • Describe legal, career, and cultural implications of performance appraisals.
  • Prepare for performance appraisals.
  • Identify alternatives to performance appraisals.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Job Performance Appraisals - A How To Guide
Course Number: 8900239
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (339 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "This was a great course to complete as an up and coming person who will be providing reviews on future employees." -- Hannah C.

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