written by Fay-Marie Browne, Director (ag), Learning and Development Directorate
The PRDS Cycle re-commenced at the start of the financial year-April 1st 2020. The cycle is broken down into four (4) distinct stages, with very specific activities happening at each stage:
Stage 1- Planning- March/April:
The supervisor and the employee meet to:
- review the MDA’s strategic plan, the department/ unit’s operational plan and the employee’s job description;
- discuss and agree on the objectives for the appraisal period;
- develop the officer’s individual work-plan;
- develop the objectives and performance measures in the individual’s work plan
Stage 2- 1st Progress meeting- July/August
- the supervisor and the employee agree on a date for the progress meeting;
- supervisor and employee discuss and assess the employee’s progress in relation to agreed targets;
- feedback is provided on actual performance;
- areas for development are discussed;
- strategies to deal with problems encountered in meeting the objectives, are discussed;
- objectives can be adjusted if necessary and agreed by both;
Stage 3- 2nd progress meeting- November/December
The 2nd progress meeting follows the same process as at stage 2 i.e. the 1st progress meeting.
Stage 4 – Final Assessment/Appraisal – March of the following year
- an assessment is done of the officer’s progress since the last meeting;
- during the meeting each objective and how well it has been achieved is discussed along with comments made on the workplan form;
- a total rating is then agreed for achievement of objectives in line with the objectives rating scale at the bottom of the workplan form.
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