job reviewPosted: January 24, 2013
I’ve worked a few years, hired hired people, fired a couple when I had to, and written performance reviews. One thing that amazes me is how some people sell themselves short on reviews. Companies want to identify their best, the people who affect change and deliver results. Bosses get distracted, and a year is a long time. This is your chance to show how brightly you’ve shone.
Telling lies: Even if you sat next to the guy who did that sweet project, don’t claim it if you didn’t contribute. Your credibility is crucial, protect it.
Asking for a raise without justification: Being here isn’t enough, you need to provide value see suggestions below
List all your faults: I am amazed how often women do this. Focus on the positive, your boss can identify faults to help you improve ( it makes him feel good )
Get angry or threaten: Can you spell security and police? Your boss can too.
Rate yourself lower than you deserve: Again women often do this. Stand up for yourself, make yourself walk on water. It’s the boss’ job to mention your toe got wet. If you continually rate yourself unfairly low, you make it harder to advance and earn larger bonuses and salary.
Provide facts: Save emails that praise you, you can quote from them on your review.
Provide data: Keep a list of what you do through the year, you and your boss will be surprised how much you accomplished.
Provide value: Show how you increased sales or reduced cost. Tie your successes to the bottom line.
These build the evidence for that raise or promotion you wanted.
To what your boss wants.
To what they expect.
What can I do to improve.
Do you feel I am performing at the next level, what changes can I make to get there.
Based on my contributions to the company, I feel strongly I am ready for more responsibility, and increased compensation
Can you help me earn a promotion? I am willing to work hard to earn it.
It’s OK to argue professionally, “I think my evidence shows my rating should be higher.” Let your facts carry the day, don’t get emotional.
Do I really have those flaws? Can I really improve?
Sometimes it takes change. Sometimes it tells you to change jobs.
Good luck. Be professional, be courteous, and be the best worker possible.
And above all, don’t bombard the manager with coleslaw, as one of my sisters is rumored to have done.