John Charlton settles down with the latest offering from Video Arts which looksat the issues of staff appraisalsSpare a thought for training-video scriptwriters. They have a limitedformat, must create one-dimensional characters, use inoffensive humour andcraft the shallowest of plots. James Major, son of that guy who was Prime Minister before Tony Blair, saidthere are five basic dramatic plots, but that he’d devised a sixth. If so – andI doubt it – that would be five more than found in most training videos. Generally, plots aren’t complex. Take this one: A short man steals an itemof jewellery from ‘one bad mutha’ and asks a young relative to return it. Hedoes, after many struggles and alliances with off-beats and mutants, and thengoes home and writes a book about the whole experience. Yes, it’s Lord of theRings. Training-video scriptwriters can only dream of creating such a plot. Allthey have to play with is how people doing something wrong are shown how to doit right. Enter stage right Video Arts’ latest video/DVD on performance reviews. Thevideo comprises two tapes. Performance Review: every manager’s nightmare, andPerformance Review: every appraisee’s dream. The former featuresmini-appraisals between six stock characters and incompetent managers. Thelatter is an appraisal between a dream appraisee and a third-rate appraiser.Video Arts frontman, Hugh Laurie, emphasises the lessons to be drawn from each.I’m a Laurie fan. He’s likeable, clever and witty. I also like Video Artstraining videos. They’re slick, well-acted and professional, and this one is noexception. It will make appraisals more accessible to managers and appraises. But thecharacters are – well, over-characterised, and the mini-plots slightlyover-simplified. I’ve appraised many odd-balls in my time, but none as odd asWeepy Wendy, the in-house editor who can’t meet a deadline. Rating: * * * * The two-video set costs £995 and includes a course leader’s guide, delegateworksheets, powerpoint presentations etc. The DVD set costs £1,395, whichincludes extra footage. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Charlton reviewsOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Alpwna resident Judy Poli is sharing her story about living with Parkinson’s Disease. The wife, mother and Friendship Room volunteer lived a normal healthy life until she experienced shaking in her arm.Shortly after, Poli’s doctor diagnosed her with resting Parkinson’s Disease in which her arm shakes when it is at rest. She was forced to change her eating habits, exercising became a new daily routine and support from her family was greatly needed.To help other residents battling with the disease, Poli started facilitating the Alpena Area Parkinson’s Support Group four years ago.Poli says, “She is praying for a cure, but until then she plans to continue encouraging other survivors.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local health department warns residents of public exposureNext District Health Department No. 4 launches COVID-19 data dashboard