Preparing For Your Annual Performance Review (read it on NYtimes.com)
Why Read It? Among other things, annual reviews give you the chance to discuss and formulate goals for the next year - here's how to make the most of yours.
- How should you prepare? Start by making a list of your responsibilities at work and craft your own performance evaluation in each of those areas.
- Try to anticipate anything negative that may come up in the review. Look over old notes and e-mails to remember specific situations and your actions & behavior at the time.
- There shouldn't be any surprises during your performance review. The meeting should serve as a summary of all the conversations you've had prior to it...And that includes one about compensation.
- Good preparation will reduce anxiety. Remember, this is your chance to let your superiors know exactly what you have been doing and why you can handle other opportunities within the company.
"Broadly, the discussion should center on your future at the company and your professional aspirations."
Mistakes Made During Performance Reviews (read it on businessweek.com)
Why Read It? Because performance reviews can stimulate productivity, shape culture, reward excellence and more...but only if done properly.
- Absence of Goals: Set goals for the future. Keep in mind the acronym SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
- Over-evaluation: May lead to providing a false sense of security to the employee and devalues excellent performance by others.
- Using Absolutes: Extreme comments that support either the halo or the horn are easily subject to attack; the employee need only point to one example to the contrary.
- Timing Issues: An annual evaluation should reflect only the year evaluated.
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