How to Improve Your Performance Review This Year
November 14, 2007
Below is an email I sent to my team recently giving them the option to have some feedback into their annual performance reviews. In the past, team leaders have filled out all the information but I think each person is their own best advocate so I wanted to hear what each person had to say.
I was a little surprised when one person sent back the form with only three or four sentences filled out. If you have an opportunity similar to this in your job, wouldn’t you put as much detail into it as you could to create the best performance review possible? As I mentioned, you know best all the work you’ve done and things you’ve accomplished at work so be sure to let your boss know those things when it’s time for reviews. Promote yourself to get promoted : )
John has informed me its time for annual reviews again. I’d like to incorporate your input into the review document so please send me any information you think is relevant, ex: projects you’ve worked on, congratulatory emails, achievements, training you’ve attended, process improvements, etc.
I’ve attached the form that will be used for the appraisal so you can get a feel for what kind of information is documented. Pay particular attention to:
Information that would be helpful here is a list of the projects you’ve worked on/contributed to over the last year.
As you can see off to the right of this section is where ratings are assigned for each Goal Area. The Results column is where specifics are entered to support the rating. Any details you can provide on how you helped work towards those goals during your projects would be useful.
This is similar to SECTION II except it measures the performance factors listed rather than the goals addressed in SECTION II. You can offer your thoughts and examples on how you performed in each of the performance factors.
One of the things that we include in the appraisal are things to work on next year so be sure to include things you’d like to learn, projects you’d like to be involved in, or things you might want to work on next year.
Although I won’t necessarily be able to incorporate all the information you send into the document, I wanted to give you the opportunity to provide your input since you’re the most familiar with all of your accomplishments. You don’t have to send me anything if you don’t want to, it’s just a way to allow everyone to participate in the appraisal process.
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