4 Tips to Ensure Your Next Performance Review Is Actually Productive

4 Tips to Ensure Your Next Performance Review Is Actually Productive
From Recruiter - August 3, 2017

Employees and managers alike often dread performancereview season, and for good reason:One pollfound that only 2 percent of HR pros think reviewsare useful. This raises an important question: Why are we still carrying out performance reviews if theyre so useless?

The truth isannual reviewsdont have to be wastes of time. Done right, they can be powerful tools for everyone involved. Mangers can determine whether or not employees are positive assets for the company, and employees can showcase their accomplishments to prove their value.

If you have a performance review coming up, dont head into it expecting a waste of time. Instead, use the following tips to turn your performance review into something legitimately productive:

1. Review Your Goals and Accomplishments

As Andrew Brushfield, Victorian and Western Australian director for HR consulting firm Robert Half, writes for Open Colleges, Your manager wants to see that your annual review means something to you and that you respond to the feedback provided.

To demonstrate your genuine interest in the performance review process, Brushfield recommends revisiting your notes from last years meeting. Consider which goals youve achieved over the last 12 months, and conversely, those areas where youve fallen short.

2. Prepare Examples of Your Value, Backed Up by Facts and Figures

Look for two or three instances in which your work had a positive impact on the business. Compile data that supports the value of your contributions. Provide examples of times when senior managers have congratulated you for your exceptional work. Preparing all of this information ahead of time and bringing it up during the review will certainly impress your manager.


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