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Performance Review: A Self-Evaluation

By Aimee Whitenack

If you learn to evaluate your performance and skills honestly, you'll be able to determine whether a boss or coworker's criticism is warranted.

 
When self-evaluating, you need to determine which factors can be improved by means of your own motivation and concentration, and which require an outside hand.
 

The ability to evaluate your on-the-job performance is a critical skill. You should evaluate yourself frequently to keep yourself in check, though it is particularly useful before you have a performance review with your boss. If you learn to evaluate your performance and skills honestly, you'll be able to determine whether a boss or coworker's criticism is warranted, assess which steps you have to take to receive a promotion, and (hokey as it might sound) appreciate your ongoing professional growth.

Role-play
Imagine it's time for your performance review. What are you going to say when asked to assess your performance thus far? And what do you expect your boss will say? Just think, if you work to improve some of your weaknesses now, you might avoid the squeamishness of addressing these topics when it comes time for your in-the-flesh review.

Outline specific objectives
Once you've identified areas that could use some enhancement, outline specific objectives for how you plan to implement your professional improvement. Run these objectives by your boss-she'll appreciate the fact that you're setting goals for yourself and may have valuable feedback. When you do receive feedback, be gracious rather than defensive.

Why are you underachieving?
If you feel that you're drowning in work, just scraping by, or simply performing below your boss's or your own expectations, ask yourself why. Is your workload too heavy? Are you managing your time wisely? Are you bored? In any of these scenarios, communication with your boss is key. If you're ready for a greater variety of tasks or more challenging work, prove that you can handle the responsibilities you've been given, and then ask what it would take to spice things up a little.

Continuing education
Does your professional advancement require further education? Would learning a new computer language or enrolling in a management training course enhance your performance or lead to more growth opportunities? When self-evaluating, you need to determine which factors can be improved by means of your own motivation and concentration, and which require an outside hand. Investigate whether your company is willing to pay for your ongoing education.

Are your goals aligned?
When carrying out your own performance review, be sure to think micro (job skills) and macro (career goals). Decide where you want to go in your career, and determine whether this job is a step in that direction. Are your professional goals aligned with the objectives that have been set for you at work? Sometimes the macro-picture will help you prioritize the micro-details. Is it time to revise your personal mission statement?







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