Managing performance, including support for PDRs

Introduction to PDRs for Reviewers (Academic and Related)

Key contact

Contact POD (x44606; x43693; pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk).

Duration

One and a half hours.

Delivery method

Briefing session held at  Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for

You will be a line manager or nominated PDR reviewer undertaking the annual Performance and Development Reviews (PDRs) of academic or academic related staff (Grades 6 to 10) for the first time. PDRs are a vital part of ensuring that individuals are clear as to what is expected of them, receive feedback on their performance and are supported to develop to their full potential. It is a University requirement that all reviewers of academic, or academic related staff, attend this briefing before carrying out a PDR.

Content

The workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of PDRs for individuals and the University
  • Key features of PDRs and the process
  • Carrying out an effective review

What you will be able to do after the course

You will understand the benefits of PDRs for individuals and the University, the key stages in the PDR process, the role of reviewers and the documentation used.

So what’s distinctive?

This is absolutely essential training for anyone undertaking PDRs for the first time.

How to book

Please submit a booking form.

For further information on academic and academic related PDRs, please use the following link, PDR for reviewees (support staff).

 

Setting objectives and performance standards (Academic and Related)

Key contact

Contact POD (x44606; x43693; pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk).

Duration

Two hours.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for

You will be a new line manager or reviewer undertaking PDRs for the first time and who needs to write individual and team objectives which incorporate relevant performance standards and behaviours. You may also be an experienced line manager who would welcome some refresher training.

Content

The workshop will cover:

  • Preparing for a PDR
  • Writing SMART objectives
  • Getting a clear line of sight between organisational, team and individual objectives
  • Defining and measuring performance standards
  • Monitoring and reviewing progress

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to prepare for an effective PDR, carry out an objective review of performance over the last 12 months, set SMART objectives for individuals and communicate how these objectives will be monitored and reviewed.

So what’s distinctive?

An opportunity to draft objectives that are both meaningful to your individual team members and relevant in a wider context, with guidance and support from your peers.

How to book

Please submit a booking form.

 

PDR for reviewers of support staff

Key contact

Contact POD (x44606; x43693; pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk).

Duration

 

One day.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for

You will be a line manager or nominated PDR reviewer undertaking the annual Performance and Development Reviews (PDRs) of support staff (Bands 100 to 500) for the first time. PDRs are a vital part of ensuring that individuals are clear as to what is expected of them, receive feedback on their performance and are supported to develop to their full potential. It is a University requirement that all reviewers of support staff attend this workshop before carrying out a PDR.

Content

The workshop will cover:

  • Preparing for the PDR
  • Understanding the review process
  • Completing the review paperwork
  • Writing SMART objectives
  • Developing effective questioning skills
  • Providing constructive feedback
  • Utilising a variety of development options

What you will be able to do after the workshop

You will have the confidence to take practical steps towards maximising the benefits of PDRs with your staff, using structuring techniques and skills to ensure clear objectives are set, relevant feedback is provided, personal strengths are built on and suitable development opportunities are identified.

So what’s distinctive?

An opportunity to gain confidence and get practical help on the process, documents and skills you need to conduct an effective PDR.

How to book

Please submit a booking form.

PDR for reviewees (support staff)

The PDR for reviewees (support staff) course is available as an online course. This is an interactive learning tool to support any member of support staff who wishes to maximise their personal input into their annual review. The course aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to prepare for your PDR through gathering evidence and feedback, to contribute to the review by identifying activities to develop your skills and expertise in the forthcoming year and to develop objectives that will contribute to effectiveness in your role.

For further information and to access the course, please use the following link, PDR for reviewees (support staff).

Useful links

Performance and development review schemes

Probation