Skills Review and Appraisals
How often do you conduct a skills review of your company? Regularly, sometimes, never? Assessing what skills exist within your team and what skills are needed to do things better and keep improving is the secret to successful business development. And it needn’t be onerous. Follow our step-by-step skills review process, with all the documents you need to undertake staff appraisals and evaluate performance, and discover the difference strategic skills development can have on your business. It could help you to reveal untapped talents, your business leaders of the future and ways to boost efficiency that you never knew existed.
Our appraisal form can be found at the bottom of this page, ready for download.
Why complete a skills review?
- Uncover your skills needs for now and in the future to ensure you remain competitive
- Improve staff morale, motivation, loyalty and retention
- Employees become more efficient, saving your business money
- It’s cost effective as it is cheaper to train existing employees than recruit new ones
- Investing in your staff gives your business a mark of professional credibility to enhance your image
Six Steps of a skills review
STEP ONE - Identify Company Objectives
Kick things off by thinking about your business activities over the coming year - what skills are required and do any gaps exist?
Who's involved: Senior Management
Tool needed: Organisational Learning Plan
STEP TWO - Time for self-reflection
This stage focuses on employees and helps them to assess their achievements and aspirations.
Who's involved: Employees
Tool needed: Self-appraisal form
STEP THREE - Staff Appraisal
Get talking. Bring employees and line managers together to look back over the past 12 months and forward to the next.
Who's involved: Employees and Line Manager
Tool needed: Staff appraisal form
STEP FOUR - Source Training
Now match the skills needs of the company with employees' personal development aspirations and summarise training arrangements in the Company Training Plan.
Who's involved: Senior Management and Employees
Tool needed: Company Training Plan
STEP FIVE - Undertake Training
The fun part. It’s time to put all the planning into action and get stuck into training. Go do it!
Who’s involved: Anyone and everyone undertaking training
Tools needed: Enthusiasm and an open mind
STEP FIVE - Evaluation
Training done, how did it go? Did it meet expectations and objectives and have skills gaps been filled as a result?
Who’s involved: Senior Management and Employees
Tool needed: page two of the Company Training Plan
Individual Learning Plan
This document is a place for employees to record any training that they have undertaken; from courses and conferences to mentoring and targeted experience.