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Peer Review

Conducting Performance Reviews as a New Manager



Overall Rating:

3.25 stars
Content Quality: 2.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3.75 stars
Reviewed: Jun 26, 2012 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This parody video from The Onion imagines what would happen if the newly-elected President of the United States decided to conduct a job performance review with every American worker. The video reveals a few of the challenges any new manager might face when evaluating her staff for the first time, as well as some common pitfalls.
Learning Goals: Students will be introduced to some of the challenges of conducting effective performance reviews.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate students,in general education, lower-level and upper-level especially studying management or human resources.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Short videos (5) makeup this unit, and a short script accompanies the primary video about the President of the United States so the student can see what the reporters are saying (written and verbal).
Recommended Uses: There are several potential uses for this module. In addition to introducing undergraduate students to different aspects of performance evaluations, this can be used for more advanced students to critique and correct, for role playing, and possibly for more advanced students to make their own videos of either poor examples were good examples of performance evaluations. Can stimulate discussion about how they can effectively be conducted.
Technical Requirements: Ability to watch online videos

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 2.75 stars
Strengths: Entertaining and engaging Discussion questions and related resources are provided
Concerns: Must be supplemented by discussion or other materials

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Raises important questions and issues regarding performance evaluation Short, memorable video
Concerns: Effectiveness dependent on engagement of facilitator

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: Simple, well-designed website. For the most part the videos were very easy to use and easy to access.
Concerns: Requires free registration and log in to access supplementary materials