I should preface this with I haven't yet listened to the cast, but am about to. I just want to share the reasons I'm looking forward to it - I'll try not to rant.
Previously I've tended to only set aside a few hours about a week before my review, which compared to my colleagues (and line manager) who say they do no preparation at all because they believe they are a waste of time (they are viewed as a paper exercise for personnel and no more). So reading that 12 weeks is needed was a bit of a shock to my system!
Especially given the circumstances surrounding my last review. My manager booked the appointment in my diary which conflicted with another one 2 days before the date. I asked for it to be rescheduled and went to my previously planned appointment.
Imagine my shock when they came into the room and pulled me out for my appraisal. I reminded them that I had asked for it to be rescheduled (partly due to the previous appointment and also needing time to prepare) and they said there was no need and off we went. Suffice to say I was pretty furious and in completely the wrong mindset.
So I thought I'd get ahead of the game, and start preparing now. Only I just called personnel and found that we should have started the appointments for our interim appraisals which need to be completed by the end of the month, and my manager hasn't even mentioned this to the team yet!
I may not have 12 weeks, (and as I'm not a manager so I don't have team one-on-ones, wait, I don't have boss one-on-ones either (not for want of asking I might add!) but I'm sure this will help me be as prepared as I can be given the timescale and expectation of no preparation.
One final point, my manager said in the last interim that he was glad I hadn't had time to prepare as it meant a shorter appraisal! *sighs*