job review

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.

Bad:

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.

Good:

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.

Listen:
To what your boss wants.
To what they expect.
Then deliver.

Ask:
What can I do to improve.
Do you feel I am performing at the next level, what changes can I make to get there.

Then Tell:
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.

Think:
Do I really have those flaws? Can I really improve?

Then act:
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.


31 Comments on “job review”

  1. […] Almost forgot, I find what Bill wrote here very […]

  2. mindfuldiary says:

    Love it! Very helpful. Thanks.

    • billgncs says:

      I hope you believe in yourself and make sure you are not discounted because you are a woman.

      • mindfuldiary says:

        I don’t have a problem with that at all. I just have difficulties understanding how to respond to the ego games, because not participating leaves one out of the game but participating in those, is like to selling half of the dignity to devil. So it’s sort of a dilemma. 😀 I do believe anybody can any job to their best ability, with best effort, once we are aware of that magic happens. Even messy management and complaining collegaues can’t take that away.

        • billgncs says:

          how do you see the ego games, from your vantage point?

          • mindfuldiary says:

            I guess I see it as every one only looks up for themselves. Busy minds, but lack of heart. Not always, but often. And it’s ok, as long as I’m aware of my own contribution or lack of it.

            • billgncs says:

              yes, you must work to your own standards first. That is the best satisfaction.

              But is one of the best chances to ask for the opportunity for coaching and growth. If you ask what is the difference between how I perform and the next level, you can learn new behaviors and things to strive for.

              And when you come to the table with facts that say, I am ready for more responsibility it is a very good feeling.

              An honest review by two parties is a very precious thing. In a way, it goes along with your last post. Maybe we grow best when we face uncomfortable things.

  3. Paula says:

    Contrary to popular belief, the Coleslaw-Slinging-Incident really did happen…scene of the crime was an Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips….my one and only foray into the food service industry lol.

  4. TheOthers1 says:

    I hate yearly reviews. I tend to middle of the road it. Not awesome, but not terrible either. Just average. It’s just hard to list the things you’re good at.

  5. do you have a few moments to hear all my faults? (smiling) I love this post – it’s practical and helpful.

  6. deanabo says:

    Very good! My employees need to read this.

  7. Boy did I butcher the grammer in that comment…tired I guess. LOL

  8. Having to submit yearly perfomance reviews for my assistant mangers and personel offices, it never ceased to amaze me how many men and women both came in with the “look what I did wrong, or head hung” attitude. I had very few over the years that came in positive and ready to extol their virtues or even make effort to ask for a raise. amazing all that hard work and education just rolled up into a copy of their evaluation and tossed in the desk drawer, I know that many never looked at it again until the next years review.
    I hope your followers will heed your wonderful advice!!

  9. well no pressure there! lol toot your own horn but not to loud…


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