Everyone is anxious about their performance review.
It is intimidating to have your performance put under the microscope, but try these tips.
- See it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
- Only a poor manager uses a review as a chance to list all your shortcomings during the past year.If yours does, ask them to speak to you at the time of the incident rather than wait a year to show you how to improve your performance
- Plan you review carefully. This is the opportunity to have your career plan reviewed with your manager, and recorded with HR.
- Consider your past years performance. What have you done well/badly? Why? What have you learned?
- Consider next year’s likely workload as you see it. Do you have everything you need to complete that .What are your training and development needs?
- At the review, accept constructive criticism . Ask for advice about how things might have been better handled.
- Ask your manager what he expects the next year to bring for you, and consider whether that produces any further training and development needs.
- Ask how they see your career unfolding.
- Talk about your medium and long term goals. Ask if they think you can achieve them, and ask them to plan a strategy to help you achieve them.
- Develop an action plan together for your next year, which can be the starting point for next years appraisal.
With this approach, the performance review becomes a positive experience and not something to be dreaded.