In my prior life working for an organization, one of my favorite jobs was completing the performance reviews for the employees I managed. I truly enjoyed it!
Why did I like it? It was my opportunity to do an in-depth evaluation and help my employees do their absolute best and move forward. I always felt that was my real responsibility as their boss.
Before I was promoted to a management position I had worked with someone who was terrible at performance reviews. It irritated me and made me angry. He did not like doing them and I do not think he understood the process. He certainly did not understand the importance of the review.
One employee could be doing a fantastic job and another employee was performing below standard and their reviews would be very similar. There was really no distinction made. As a result there was no growth of the employees.
At the same time he was evaluating the employees I was evaluating him. I learned what not to do.
It was exciting doing my first performance review. I wanted to give them good information and I wanted to make them better. If there were problems, they were noted and thoroughly discussed. If they were doing a great job I let them know it and I always gave them direction moving forward. This is how you are doing and this is how you can improve.
So I know how to do a review and although I have never written my own personal review I was always evaluating my own performance. That is just the person I am. I always wanted to be better. I believe there are many people who do the same.
Now I am not working for someone else. I am retired and just starting to write. I want to be a writer. I am evaluating myself all the time. Maybe too much so. This is totally new territory for me and I am constantly trying to evaluate how I am doing.
It has been four months since I started my blog. My plan is to do a performance review at six months and then again at the one year mark. So what format am I going to use? I will use what I know and make adjustments if needed.
It is a really good, productive idea to do you own performance review. You may not be required to but I think it is a good process to complete. It cannot hurt and it certainly can help you. If you are honest you will be able to do a much more thorough review than the person who is actually responsible for doing yours.
Here are some steps to take.
- Do a review of your job description, any annual goals you were given on your last review or when you were hired. Were you given any specific instructions on how to perform your job? This is a guide line and you should use it as a reference for completing your review.
- Be honest. Really think about your performance. Could you have done a better job on this project or this sale? If you were working with someone else did you truly participate. Did you do your share? If there is a certain part of your job you do not like, do you avoid it? Are you looking for ways to improve your performance?
- It should be written in a clear concise manner. Use the proper language and be professional. If you are doing a review that is strictly for your eyes treat it just as you would if you were presenting this to your boss.
- The true objective of a performance review is growth. When writing your own try to be realistic. How did you really do? Look at any stats available. What percentage of growth did you have? Could it have been better? If you did a really good job be sure to state that but don’t overstate the results.
- If you realize that you did not accomplish a goal or that you could have done a better job in a specific area, admit it. Show that you are aware you could have done better and that you are taking steps to improve. This will show that you are self aware and able to self manage.
- Include a plan for you performance going forward. It should be part of any review. This is a good opportunity to plan on what to do to make yourself better. It should be detailed and easy to understand and to put into action. This is really an opportunity to show how committed you are to self improvement. It is also showcasing your self-confidence and strength as an individual and as an employee.
- It is important to be serious about what you are doing. Do not take this too lightly. Do not fluff things over. Really commit to the process. When you make a plan for improvement do not make it too easy. Your employer will recognize what you are doing. Also do not make it too big, don’t set yourself up. Make a plan that will make you work to complete it but it is still achievable.
- This is your time to shine. Highlight what you have done well. I think this points out the importance of self evaluating yourself throughout the year. Document what you have accomplished and be sure to include it in your review. It is also important to break down what steps you took to complete you goals. This is an opportunity to showcase your intelligence, your analytical skills and your ability to work with others.
- Take your time. A self evaluation is not something you should rush through. This is your future. Write it, Read it, Evaluate it, Change it and Rewrite it. You may not be comfortable doing it at first. The more time you spend the more you will learn about yourself. When you are finished you should feel more confident about your abilities and motivated to move forward. You should feel prepared and eager to keep improving.
Your goal for any self evaluation should always be self improvement and self awareness. The end result should allow you to understand your abilities and your weaknesses. It should give you a clear understanding of how satisfied you are with your performance for the year and what specifically you want and need to do going forward.
When you do a self evaluation it is a win-win. The more often you do this the better it is for you. You will steadily improve and see better results. I recommend making it a goal to add it to your schedule. Make it a priority to do a daily review, then add weekly and monthly summaries where you reflect on the overall results. At the end of one year you should see growth in productivity, level of knowledge and your skill set.
You will be a better employee, a better leader and a better person. You will be happier and more content. Your self confidence will soar.
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a growth filled day.