Annual performance appraisals can be a source of tension for both employees and employers. You want to do well in your job and you want your boss to express her appreciation of your work performance over the past year both verbally and monetarily in the form of a raise. There are several things you can do to assure you have the best chance possible of doing well on your performance appraisal.
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Writing Your Self-Assessment
Employers have a good reason for asking you to write your own self-assessment before your annual performance appraisal. No one knows better than you what you do on a daily basis. This is a time to honestly look at all you do for your employer. Do not be modest. Expound upon the extra effort you put into your job performance. You may bring to his attention some details about your job performance he overlooked in the past. Shine the light on your skills and abilities. This could be a perfect opportunity to show you are ready to advance to another position. If your company does not offer a self-assessment, do one anyway. Take some time to reflect upon how you benefit your company and be ready to express these thoughts to your boss.
Prepare well before your annual appraisal. Write down important questions you have for your boss. Make a note of any concerns you want to discuss. Do some research on your company and people who have excelled there. Having a knowledge of company history will help you sound very knowledgeable when you discuss your job performance. Get plenty of rest the day before your appraisal and eat a well-balanced meal. Feeling well physically helps you be mentally alert and on top of your game.
Have a Good Attitude
A good attitude is essential for a positive annual performance appraisal. Do not walk into your boss' office demanding a raise. This is a time for an honest evaluation of your work both for you and your employer. You cannot be afraid of criticism. Criticism comes in both positive and negative forms. Take the good and the bad assessments offered and learn from them. If your boss offers you negative criticism, stay calm and ask for ways to improve your job performance.
Speak clearly and slowly and make sure your statements are understood. Maintain eye contact without staring. Do not sit silently while your boss does all the talking. This is the time to communicate important thoughts your have about your job performance.
Ask for Clarification
In a perfect world, your boss would express all of his expectations of you clearly. Realistically, there will probably be some points you do not understand or would like explained more thoroughly. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification if some points are unclear. Your boss will appreciate your initiative in wanting to understand all expectations and goals clearly.
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