Performance appraisals can strike fear in the hearts of even the most confident employees. You think that you know where you stand with your managers, but when it comes to your performance appraisal, you never really know what they’re going to say. Here are some tips to help you get through the process and maybe even learn something from it:
Be prepared. Reflect on your successes and failures of the past year. Try to find examples of your accomplishments and come up with a plan to overcome your challenges.
Be involved. Listen carefully and take notes. Ask questions if anything requires clarification and don’t be afraid to speak up if you disagree with something that is said.
Be proactive. Come up with a plan for how you will achieve the goals that are laid out in your performance appraisal. Be specific about deadlines and let your manager know if there are any circumstances that will make it difficult for you to achieve them.
Nobody enjoys performance appraisals, but you may be surprised to learn that most managers dislike them more than anyone else. Instead of dreading the process, try to embrace it; you might learn something that will further your career.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)