A game is something that is described as a form of activity or sport played according to rules for competition or entertainment. So using sports as a comparison to real life is an exceptional way of teaching. Let’s see how we can use this as an example for Mid-Year reviews.
Every organization whether big or small has one thing in common and that is annual reviews. Annual reviews or year-end reviews typically address employee performance and behavior. However, there are certain organizations that go a step ahead and conduct mid-year reviews in order to gain better insight of employee goal and development.
As eLearning experts, how do we show the benefits of a mid-year review without undermining the annual review? This is where we can use sports as an analogy. Watching a sport is a lesson in itself – we notice coordination, team spirit and an underlining strategy in motion. Now comes the questions in what way can we can show a connection between a mid-year employee review and a sport? Let’s dig a little deeper and see for real how similar strategies can be used both on the field and off the field!
A mid-year employee review usually takes place in the middle of the fiscal year (6 months), so which sport is more applicable where you can stop in the middle and look at the things that have happened and the things you plan to do. The game that describes this best is soccer, a 90-minute play, which is divided into two halves of 45 minutes each. So the half time is similar to the mid-year as a span of time, in the half time the team sees how effective the pre-game strategy was and if necessary changes the game plan according to the current scenario of the game. Similarly, the mid-year review is like a checkpoint to know if your plans are in accordance with your action. It serves as a bridge between thought and action.
A mid-year discussion is important because change is constant and in order to survive, an organization must change its plans according to market trends. Trends and perceptions never stay the same; what is in trend today may not be in trend tomorrow. So just like a soccer team, look back at the action taken, retrace your steps and make changes so that you end up in a win-win situation.
Mid-year reviews are unheard of in most organizations; it is a painstaking task to conduct an annual review so much so even an enthusiastic manager would think twice before taking up the uphill task of repeating the same task in a gap of six months. This is where sports can be used effectively as an instance to explain the benefits and challenges of a certain process; if we can keep in mind the right game, this can go a long way in reinforcing ideas and getting your point across.