AUTHOR:
DeAnn O.

DATE:
January 10, 2017

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
On the Job,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

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Strategies for Review Process Success

AUTHOR:
DeAnn O.

DATE:
January 10, 2017

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
On the Job,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

Rarely is the performance review process seen as fun.

For associates, the thought of filling out paperwork that sums up, highlights, or downplays work performance, accomplishments, or failures over the last six months to a year can be scary. Sitting down face-to-face with their boss can feel beyond daunting.

But, it does not have to always be a source of dread.

By shifting your mindset from confrontation to conversation, you can see the performance review for what it is – an opportunity to openly discuss the current state of your work, suggestions for improvement, and future goals.

In other words, it is a chance to figure out what is working, what is not working, and how you can build your path to career growth.

Here are some strategies to tackle and conquer your next review process:

  • Tame anxiety by knowing what to expect. Get all the details from your supervisor beforehand on the process. Questions you may ask: What does the entire review process involve? What is the timeline? Who will review the paperwork? Who will be part of the discussion? The more questions you ask, the more prepared you will be.
  • Listen with open ears, mind, and heart to feedback. Glowing reviews are always easy to hear. The negative talk, not so much. Nevertheless, in order to be better, you have to be willing to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Share if – and how – you want to improve your work life. A review process is the perfect time to outline your short-term and long-term goals. Interested in tackling new projects? Be specific as to what those are. Want to improve a company policy or process? Great. Bring your well-thought out suggestions to the table. Eager to grow your current skills or expand your education? Show your supervisor you’re committed to the company and have a plan in place.
  • Understand your supervisor’s current and future expectations. A review process is not only a recap – a chance to celebrate your wins and examine your losses – but also a window into the months ahead. Now is the time for you and your supervisor to outline and be clear on professional objectives for the coming year.

Remember a review process can be nerve-wracking for everyone, including your boss. Take a deep breath, go in with a positive attitude and open mind, and participate in the conversation that can lead you to a better, more fulfilling work life.


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