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Training managers in fair performance management

Managing performance is one of the most critical roles of a line manager

With the increasing pressures and constant change present in every workplace, managing people’s output and behaviours is more important than ever.  Many managers find managing poor performance is challenging.  They understand the process and principles, but are apprehensive about talking directly about issues which may well become a source of disagreement.  And they’re right to be anxious, as performance management is second only to behaviour and conduct for causing employment disputes (CIPD).

To prevent disagreements about performance from arising or escalating you need managers who are confident and effective when managing performance.  That way, no-one need worry about raising difficult issues in an appraisal or PDR.

Our expertise is in getting the talking right and we can work with managers to build their skills in managing poor performance better. And we tailor our approach to your organisation’s strategy, culture and values, so that everyone knows what is expected and is united behind your vision and organisational ambitions.

The training in difficult conversations was excellent, thought provoking, and challenged me to re-examine how I have difficult conversations! The trainer had excellent knowledge! Really enjoyed the training!

Difficult Conversation Training Delegate, Senior Probation OfficerStaffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company

The facilitation for HR training was excellent both in terms of the content and the trainer who was professional and very knowledgeable. Some aspects of the training were specifically tailored to meet our particular needs and the learner feedback was extremely positive.

Facilitation Skills for HR Training Delegate, Training ManagerEast & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Conflict management training was a totally new concept to me! The trainer was excellent, and very witty. He delivered the course at a good pace with superb knowledge.

Conflict Management Training Delegate, Deputy ManagerStaffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company

Opened up a new way of viewing conflict at work and in everyday life.

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator DelegateBritish Land Forces Germany

CMP delivered intensive bespoke conflict management courses of varying levels to 200 managers, to achieve a significant boost to managers’ confidence and skills in managing transition during a time of change, and contributing significantly to achieving the organisational goal of preventing and managing bullying and harassment. From our initial discussions, it was evident that CMP were keen to listen to our needs and work with us to develop a course that satisfied our requirements. The successful partnership combined with local provision and high-quality trainers has developed into a key part of our overall strategy for management development of our staff.

Bespoke Conflict Management Training Buyer and Delegate, Senior Divisional Officer Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

The practitioner clearly had both a great depth of knowledge and augmented this with a wealth of experience. This resulted in a very rich syllabus and maximised my learning. I found their delivery style confident and respectful of the students.  The draft report the practitioner provided is a usable template that I think will enable me to conduct an investigation and most importantly produce a legally robust document. This is why I would put this course in my top three for quality of education.

Investigation Skills Training Delegate, Senior ManagerEast Kent Hospitals Trust

It’s always an unknown quantity when employing an external training provider, however, CMP was really what it said on the tin, the experts in conflict management, the trainers were really excellent and experts in their field!

Conflict Management Skills and Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner, ILM Professional Workplace Mediator and Conflict Management Skills Delegate, Head of HR & DiversityNorth Glamorgan NHS Trust (Now Cwm Taf UHB)

Informative, thought provoking and inclusive…Good delivery honest, grown up attitude. I liked the trainer’s style!

Conflict Management Skills Training Delegate, Senior Managera Fire and Rescue service

I have no hesitation in recommending CMP, they offer excellent value for money and provide a service that is second to none! CMP provides a complete and professional service. From initial enquiry through administration and delivery, CMP covers all the bases. They are knowledgeable, professional and approachable and found flexible solutions to our training requirements. The feedback for the training has been outstanding. In addition to a collection of superlatives such as “fantastic” “inspiring” and “excellent” staff have stated that they came away with practical advice they can apply in real situations and, more to the point, have said it works!

Bespoke Conflict Management Training Buyer, Staff Development AdvisorUniversity of Gloucestershire

CMP created a bespoke a 3 hour workshop on Managing Conversations for us. The session was to get staff to think about conflicts and why they arise and then to provide them with some skills on communicating effectively and build confidence in being assertive in challenging difficult behaviour. Staff were thrilled about the workshop and the skills that they were able to develop in this time.

Difficult Conversation Workshop Commissioner, HR ManagerThe Abbeyfield Society

What you get from the training

  • The skills to talk to people directly about difficult issues such as time-keeping; attendance; personal hygiene; cynicism towards new initiatives; antagonism towards others; banter
  • Confidence in recognising when to start a performance management (capability) procedure, so you can undertake the process proactively
  • The understanding and ability to apply the organisation’s policies
  • Much more effective performance management and appraisal processes
  • 12 months’ email and telephone ongoing support
  • 12 months’ free webinars

Practical advice on how to have a constructive difficult conversation

We all know that disagreement can be healthy. Better decisions are made when proposals are challenged, and creativity stems from taking a different perspective. What is unhealthy for business is a negative response to disagreement.

This is when personality clashes, enmities and turf wars break out, consuming the energies of the individuals involved, sucking those around them into the dispute and disrupting the effective functioning of the work unit.

This paper outlines how managers can develop those skills which will enable them to have a really good, ‘difficult conversation’.

how managers can have good difficult conversations