What is it about reviewing performance that everyone seems to dread? Matter of fact, there are many opinions that say they do more harm than good. However, it’s my experience that most companies do it no matter what. Otherwise, how could they defend the amount of merit pay they dole out–or don’t give out?

Preparing for an annual review is actually a year-long process. Just like setting goals, it’s something you need to practice some discipline. One quick way to keep on-going records, is to create a file where you put copies of positive letters from satisfied customers or co-workers in.

Also, keep a record or notes to yourself of all the projects you worked on.While you think you won’t forget, it’s likely you will 12 months later. Better to keep more information, then too little–you can always group goals and accomplishments if need be.

And don’t forget to look back at comments and recommendations from last year’s review. Did your boss want you to do something more or maybe do something less? How did you accomplish this throughout the year? Again, it’s best to look at this periodically–maybe quarterly.

Perhaps your company has a self-evaluation form you have to complete and send to your supervisor before the review discussion. Let’s face it, lots of time, your supervisor may forget projects you’ve worked on–so isn’t it great that you remind him/her?

When preparing for your review–focus on the problem you solved and what you did to solve it. You don’t need to go into every detail of how you went about it. Measurements are awesome if you have them! Really impressive.

If you are struggling with a challenging review, consider scheduling a session with me–I can help you be prepared!

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