8 Things to Do Before Your Next Performance Review
Performance reviews are like root canals – no one likes them
(not even your boss), but they, unfortunately, can be necessary. Instead of
dreading your next performance review, think of it as an opportunity to learn
and grow, while clarifying expectations and setting goals. They can also be
used to justify raises and promotions, so you’ll want to go in prepared.
Before your next performance review, try these eight things
to be better prepared:
1. Compare your job description to reality
Your job description has probably become a little outdated
in the past year. Look at your job description and consider the following:
tasks you no longer do
duties that take up more time than they need to
new responsibilities you’ve taken on
what you like most about your job
what you dislike most about your position
things that should be changed or eliminated from
your job description
2. Think about your most significant accomplishments in the past year
Keep a record of your achievements throughout the year, so
you can easily remember what you did. Without a list, it can be easy to forget
something and only focus on the months leading up to your review.
3. Review your goals for the past year
During your last performance review, you and your boss may
have developed your goals for the year. Before your next performance review, look
at those objectives and see how you did. Ask yourself:
What did I accomplish?
What did I learn this year?
What did I want to accomplish, but didn’t?
What would have helped me achieve more?
4. Determine your goals for the next year
Now, you’re ready to start writing objectives for the upcoming year that will help you and the company grow. Start thinking about what your boss can do to help you accomplish your goals over the next year. Learn more about how to set goals you’ll achieve.
5. Be honest about your shortcomings and mistakes
Be honest with yourself and think about your flaws and any slipups
you’ve made over the past year. Don’t write them down and hand them to your
boss; just think about them. You’ll be better prepared to receive any criticism
during your review.
Thinking about your shortcomings in advance will also help
you create an improvement plan to show your boss that your mistakes won’t
hinder your success.
6. Think about what you want to achieve in your career
No matter how much you love your job now, you probably want to move up at some point in your career. Start thinking about that now. Determine what position you would like next, so you can determine what professional development you need and how your boss can help you.
7. Ask for feedback regularly
You shouldn’t be surprised by anything during your
performance review. Your boss might think they’re bad at giving feedback, so
they’ll avoid giving it to you throughout the year. Occasionally ask your boss
for some feedback, so you’re not surprised later.