For many, the thought of a performance appraisal might be a stomach churning one.
What does your boss have to say about the targets you didn’t reach, do they know you managed to achieve some of the numbers against shattering odds, is the company at a crossroads, is it taking a new direction, and where do you stand in the scheme of things, will this be discussed, is there a promotion, will you be able to pick up the new ride you always dreamt of but never dared consider buying?
Cross questioning yourself and trying to find the answers can turn you into a bundle of nerves, so, firstly, breathe. Try and relax and enjoy the appraisal. If you are firm in the knowledge that you have been doing a good job, there should not be any reason for concern. Our top 10 tips should help you ace your next appraisal then. And the ones that follow.
You may think your boss is aware of everything that you do, but for bosses who are not used to micromanaging and who see the big picture, it helps if you paint the finer details and let him know about what you have achieved for the firm in the short term. From innovation at the workplace to helping out a peer and extra manhours spent on a project, the boss may have missed out on some of your achievements, so be sure to create that checklist, it ensures that your boss understands that you are on top of things.
It’s always good strategy to enquire about the scope of business development within your vertical when you get facetime with your boss during an appraisal. It can be a candid chat on short-term challenges and long-term prospects. Have a fair idea of what you feel can be the challenges and what logical solutions you might have that could be a possible fix. Again, this provides a level of assurance to your manager that you are constantly thinking about the betterment of the firm. A worker who is pro-organisation is always a valuable asset to management.
It’s great to be selfless, but it’s also good to be a little selfish sometimes. Keep your interests in mind and your family’s interests at heart and ask for that raise. If you are firm in the knowledge that you deserve a raise, ask for one. The company may be going through a rough phase, or not but if your boss is aware that you have been a solid worker, your request will be duly filed during the appraisal process, and actioned at the opportune moment.
For sure, the management will have some key performance indicators (KPIs) lined up for your next appraisal. Be aware of what the KPIs are for your peers within the organisation and possibly within competing organisations as well so you have a well-rounded view, and for sure have an idea on how they can be achieved. Discuss the KPIs with your boss and strategise on the best possible route to achieve your goals.
Organisations are constantly on the lookout to see how they can improve skillsets among their workforce to help them work better. If you feel you need training in certain activities or engage in a workshop that you feel will make you more efficient at the workplace, discuss the same with your boss and see if you can get the organisation to help you enroll.
Certain changes or tweaks in work practices could sometimes just make the entire department work more efficiently, and it is possible that your boss may not be aware of this. Bring this up at your next appraisal and watch your boss beam. Suggesting changes in work practices, minor or major is a sure fire way to get the management o sit up and take notice that you mean business when it comes to thinking about what is best for the organisation. So, do your due diligence and make that suggestion.
Bottling up your emotions on something that has been tormenting you for months at your workplace could throw you off the rails. It’s always good business to keep a level head when approaching a day’s work. If there is something that ails you about something at work, now’s the good time to bring it up with management. It’s quite possible that they may have a fix that you might have never thought of, and even if you did, which you might not have been able to implement due to protocol. Broach the topic with your boss and allow him to take care of it for you.
Now that you are ready, gather your thoughts, head in and ace that appraisal.
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