Handling Tricky Appraisals - Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series

Handling Tricky Appraisals - Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series

Seven Dimensions
Updated Feb 12, 2019

Carol is upbeat and positive on the morning of her appraisal. She is confident that she’ll be showered in praise, until she walks into Marcus’ office and finds that the company VP, Serena, will be sitting in on the appraisal. Marcus and Serena question various aspects of Carol’s extremely high self-assessment. Carol becomes offended and defensive, and at times takes her emotion out on Serena. It all takes a turn for the worse when Marcus announces that Carol won’t be receiving a bonus. She’ll also be required to take a pay cut! But will management also be taking pay cuts and loss of a bonus? How will Carol get back in control?

Key Learning Points
Appraisals can be constructive, destructive or useless. Your contribution directly impacts the outcome.


  • Don't cause surprises at the appraisal
    INSTEAD: Prepare the person for what to expect
  • Don't be vague about improvement
    INSTEAD: Discuss specific ways to improve
  • Don't disregard employment contracts
    INSTEAD: Reward achievements as agreed
  • Don't allow conflict to escalate
    INSTEAD: Remain calm and focus on goals

Comedy makes learning fun

This course is part of the Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series, created by Psychologist Eve Ash and comedienne Erin Brown, starring Emmy-award winning Kim Estes. A powerful training series covering topics every workplace needs to address. Short, sharp and funny with simple messages and skills for everyone.

Cutting Edge Communication follows several characters through a landscape of social faux pas, insult and embarrassment. This series will amaze and enter-train, covering important lessons in human interaction, motivation, leadership, service, unprofessional behavior, apologizing, negotiating, stress, difficult people among many other workplace hot button issues.

Everyone will laugh and learn with these short episodes that highlight dos and don'ts. This Australian produced series was filmed on location in Los Angeles.