How to Prepare for a Performance Appraisal?
Performance is important for progress, and at a workplace, this progress is measured not just by the metrics but by your ability to highlight your performance. That is why an individual should actively prepare for ensuring a successful performance appraisal. Regardless of whether a company has a self-evaluation process or not, you shouldn’t just be a recipient of direction and feedback from the manager alone; the incentive is with you to show a bigger picture of your performance, including the benchmarks you have set and the milestones you have achieved.
If you have an employee performance appraisal coming up, here are some tips that you can follow to prepare well for it: -
1. Gather important information
Start by reviewing your goals, job description, and development plans that were specified for you during the last appraisal discussion. Use this important information to prepare details on your areas of development, strength, and accomplishments. Also, compile regular reports such as project status reports, monthly highlights, weekly reports, etc. that you have previously created so that are you are better able to recall your milestones, challenges, and performance highlights.
Another thing that may help is reviewing your last appraisal and checking the ratings and feedback you were given at that time. Doing so will shed more light on your development and growth in the last period.
If you have a performance journal, then you can review its notes once to know more about your strengths and challenges. if you do not keep such a journal, start on it today.
2. Create a list of your accomplishments
Now that you have all this information, you can easily create an accomplishment list. While doing so, do not forget to relate them to higher-level organisational goals. Make sure you take into account how you achieved what you accomplished. You can always give your manager contextual details in order for him/her to understand your performance.
3. Create a list of areas of development
When you review your goals and job description, make sure you recognise the areas where you struggled. Also, you should recognise the areas where you would want to expand your experience or skills. Moreover, during the meeting with your manager, you can ask them for training, mentoring, or any support you require to improve or develop.
4. Share the materials you have prepared with your manager
Make it a point to proactively share your preparations with your manager before the performance appraisal meeting takes place. Doing so will help them prep on time and be aware of your accomplishments.
5. Prepare to have an open mind
If you notice any defensiveness in you, then let it go before the meeting. Just try to relax and go to the meeting with an aim to listen carefully to the feedback that your manager provides. At the same, if you have something to share, communicate it clearly and politely.
Your performance appraisal provides you with the opportunity to talk about your contributions and to get valuable feedback that will only help you grow in the end. Put your best foot forward.