Performance reviews (whether done weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually) are crucial to the career journey of every employee. It is a process that entails the evaluation of an employee’s work performance by a supervisor or manager. In addition, the appraiser sets goals and provides feedback that should result in the appraise’s improved future performance.
I used to hate performance reviews, not until I realized how important these conversations are. This was not a waste of time. but more so, my time to shine! We all want to be promoted, we all want that bonus... and if you are a Pretty Boss, you've shown up every day and done the work. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you work, sometimes that work won't be celebrated and noted unless you highlight it. When I became intentional about documenting and communicating my success, I noticed that more opportunities have come to me.
Here are 4 ways to prep for your performance review:
1. List out your accomplishments
What targets did you set for yourself at the start of the year or each quarter? Were you able to achieve some or all of them? Trace your calendars, emails, documents, presentations, etc. Some unattended goals may be lurking in those places.
Once that’s done, the next thing is to quantify your impact – your impact should be measurable. In other words, let numbers do the talking. Examples include certifications earned, awards won, budgets managed, the number of clients signed, and so on.
2. Identify at least one thing that you want
Note, I said ‘want’, not ‘need’. Think about where you are in your life, career, business, and identify what success will look like for you in that space.
For instance, a new mother may need or want more flexibility. Whereas, if you are new in a career field or company, you may want more visibility. Visibility could mean being assigned tasks or projects that are important to the company and leadership teams. So what is it that you want? More flexibility or visibility? A pay raise or promotion? Professional development budget?
3. List out times you went above and beyond
One easy way to stand out among your peers in the workplace is to approach work with the mentality of a top-level manager or a business owner. That way, you are able to anticipate needs before they arise. In the past twelve months, did you take on additional projects, organize team-building activities, suggest diversity and inclusion initiatives? Pen them down!
Even though these may not be as important as your goals, they help you stay relevant. Peradventure, you haven’t gone the extra mile yet, it’s not too late. Get involved with an infinity group, create a secret Santa, or schedule an informal coffee break series for your team.
4. Be ready to receive feedback
Feedback usually starts with details of your strengths and significant contributions, followed by constructive feedback. Instead of perceiving feedback as a personal attack, be open-minded. Next time you receive feedback, try saying this: “I see what you mean, and thank you for pointing that out to me. Can you help me make a list of a few ways I might get better at that going forward?”
Are you looking forward to your next performance review? What will you be doing differently?