Performance Reviews Painful?

The Best Alternative to Annual Appraisals / Formal Performance Review

Traditional performance appraisal and performance review processes are not directly improving performance in most organisations. They are HR's compliance activity, in place because everyone else has them and often avoided by Managers! You still have good people leaving, under-performers not improving, a lack of internal talent, concerning behaviours and pay/reward processes that are subjective or just don’t feel fair!

Are you using an expensive online, time-consuming system because you feel you should invest in tech or have a heavy paperwork mechanism in place that puts people off? Are you having to push managers to even have 121 reviews?

HAVE A READ OF THIS: How You Know Your Performance Management Process Isn't Working

Our Solution:


  • Welcome to ‘Chinwag’: Flexible 121s and performance reviews on an if and when needed basis. No more one-size-fits-all! It's tailored to what each person needs.
  • It’s not a ‘bells and whistles’, expensive online system, its just a different way of doing things day-to-day in a simple, 'low-tech' way.
  • Our process is based on a prompted conversations approach (with minimal admin), across 365 days of the year: If you’re happy with your team member’s performance and they are happy with how things are going then the process you follow with them is different and quicker than with someone who may want/require more attention.
  • A different approach to objective-setting: Move on from the SMART cliché with our unique, plain-English 'three triggers/five-step system' that ditches the management/corporate-speak! Achieve job results PLUS the holy grail: the behaviours you want!
  • A particular focus on the best and worst performers.
  • Key, powerful KPIs to track performance improvement.
  • Quality-control mechanism rather than just meaningless ‘% completed’ stats.
  • The link to pay/bonus decisions - a new approach.

Chinwag is about practically managing performance and development - but in real life!

Additional options include access to our unique 'Goal Finder' database to help managers design powerful performance objectives. It helps with what can be a tricky skill and there is nothing like it available anywhere! We also ‘180 flip’ how you currently handle job descriptions and behavioural frameworks.

Consultancy, the approach and the documents needed to roll-out our simple process to your people starts from just £499. Click here for our Chinwag Overview

Here's six reasons why performance appraisals don't work and what to do instead!


Two FREE Offers For You:

Just want a sense-check for now? If you are concerned that your process isn't doing what it should when it comes to:


  • The quality of performance/development objectives
  • How performance is measured
  • The volume of paperwork and its content/format
  • Making pay and bonus decisions
  • Buy-in from Managers

Then get in touch with us - Send over your current performance appraisal process/example paperwork and we will email you a FREE, no-obligation view on what's good, what's not so good and our recommendations  - no gimmicks, no pressure and confidentiality is assured.

PLUS Send us some example performance/development objectives and we will redesign them using our unique 5-step method that goes beyond SMART!

View our short taster video below: The five mistakes your people-managers are making in 121s, performance reviews and appraisals and how to fix them!