How to Get A Good Performance Appraisal
It is that time of the year again—the time for performance appraisals. Appraisals matter a great deal in every employee’s career. A good performance appraisal does not only recognize and validate your efforts at work, but it gives you the opportunity to ask for a good raise at the end of the year.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to get a good performance appraisal:
Keep your boss in the loop
It is important to remember that your performance appraisal is a priority for you, but not for your boss. Your boss is not likely to fill your performance review form until the very last day. At that point of time, when your boss is doing a hasty job, he/she is likely to miss out on some of your key achievements during the year. You need to keep your boss updated on your accomplishments. Apart from doing this on a regular basis throughout the year, at this point of time, you should consider sending your boss an email listing out your key achievements (without sounding like you’re bragging). A good way to do that throughout the year is to send out emails after every successful project, marking a copy to some key people, to thank everyone involved in making the project a success. This will not only bring your achievements to your boss’s notice, it will also show that you are a mature, generous and secure employee.
Be open to feedback
During your performance appraisal, you are likely to hear a lot about yourself—the things that you did right, but also the points at which you went wrong. The important thing at this point is to be open to all kinds of feedback. It is important to receive constructive criticism well, as it can go a long way in shaping your career favourably. However, prior to the performance review meeting, you must make your own notes about your key successes and your crucial shortcomings/failures. You must be aware of your strengths, but you must also have the ability to recognize where you went wrong and how you can do things differently the next time around.
Ask for a raise
If you have repeated successes to show during the course of the year, remember that you are in a good position to ask for a salary raise. Of course, every company has a limited budget for providing a raise to its employees, which is why your boss must be convinced that you are worthy of the reward. Remain dedicated to your work throughout the year so that at the time of your appraisal, you have something of your efforts to show. Moreover, you must be able to show why you stand apart from the rest and what you have achieved—not just personally but also to benefit the company and to help achieve some of its goals.
Show willingness to improve
Your performance appraisal is not a one-time event. Instead, it is the cumulative result of your activities over the year. Once you have received your feedback, you must make an effort to improve in the areas where you are falling short. This is something that will be greatly appreciated by your bosses. Additionally, you must also prepare a list of goals that you aim to achieve in the following year. Showing significant improvement over the course of a year puts you in a deserving position for a salary raise and a good performance appraisal in the following year.
The key to performing well is to be good at what you do and to take up a job that you like.
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