benefits of appraisal

Protected time with an appraiser
Opportunity to celebrate achievments
Time to plan what you really want to do

Formative appraisals are about personal development. They are a confidential time to consider what has been achieved and the next steps. For doctors this is organised just once a year, for one or two hours, with an appraiser who is also a doctor. A good appraisal should leave you feeling positive with clear plans for the year that you believe are achievable and fully owned by you.

Protected time with an appraiser

Appraisal is an opportunity to have an in depth discussion with someone who is keen to support your personal development. Make the most of this time as it can be life changing at the right moment. Appraisal shold be separate from performance review or any assessment so it is focused on you as an individual. If you are thinking of how others want you to perform it is almost impossible to discuss what you really want for yourself.

Opportunity to celebrate achievments

Look back on what you have done over the last year and value what has been achieved. It can be hard to keep your achievments in mind and build on from your successes when you are focused on the future. Your successes, whatever size can give you energy to move on.

Time to plan what you really want to do

Plan what you really want to do with your life and then consider what is practical and achievable within the next 12 months. This helps you prioritise and give you the bigger picture on where you want to head. Writing it down with a date of review makes it more likely to be achieved. Make your plans realistic and break down into achievable steps if your aim seems ambitious.