Appraisals can a bit awkward at the best of times - it’s always a bit weird to sit opposite your manager and have them assess your performance from the entire last year. Sometimes it feels like one or both of you are winging it, and haven’t come prepared with topics to discuss, which can make the whole exercise feel like nothing more than a box-ticking exercise.
Now we’re firmly in Q4, many of us will be starting to reflect on the year gone by. As things start to slow down at the end of the year, it’s a great time to take a look at our analytics and explore what has worked well, what has worked less well and how our learning programmes are performing overall.
Most people can probably recall at least a handful of times in high school or university where they stayed up late 'cramming' for an exam, despite having sat through hours of lectures over the course of an entire semester and perhaps even having read a textbook on the subject. It’s not that we have horrible memories. In fact, our brains are hardwired not to remember.