3 Tips for Handling Your Next Performance Review
It’s that time again – performance review time!
You know that time of month (not that one) or year? You know, when you’re about to be graded on your performance at work? You usually fall into one of two categories in this case. You have no idea what’s about to go down (red flag!) Or, you are fully prepared and know exactly what you’re going into at your review. Either way, I’m going to give you 3 tips for handling your next performance review.
Be a Boss Gal
First and foremost, be authentically you! This is not the time to pretend you’re something you’re not. This is a performance review of who you are every day on the job. Own it! You also need to get your Boss Gal pants on and listen to any feedback and accept constructive criticism. Don’t get defensive but do stand for what you believe in and be able to back up your work. Your boss doesn’t see the in’s and out’s of your daily job and tasks so they’d have no way of knowing all the details. Be ready to provide data to back the facts up if there is something your boss is missing.
Get your game face on. A performance review should be interactive. Your boss will share your review but you should be equally as active in participating. This doesn’t mean debate every single item in your review (unless your boss lacks managerial skills, yuck!) but you should be able to talk through key pieces. If your manager is requesting improvements in your performance ask questions. Ask how you can better perform at work or what they would expect to see. Stay energetic in your review. It shows your boss you appreciate being there and are eager to keep improving, even if you’re performing at the top.
End your review with a plan
I’ve earned “exceeds” ratings for the last several years and I never walk out without having questions answered and a game plan to continuously improve. Similarly, you should have a plan too! Your boss should tell you what you’re doing well at and an area you could improve in. While I know you’re a Boss Gal and kick ass, no matter how good you are, there is still room to improve. If you can, try to get a few key take away’s from your boss to tackle before your next review. Manager’s love to see actionable results, it proves you can listen and take direction.
Wrapping it up
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