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Make the Most of Performance Reviews

Make the Most of Performance Reviews

Most performance reviews come just once a year, and trying to appraise 52 weeks worth of work in a single meeting is no easy task for you or your manager. With a little preparation, you can ease this burden for your reviewer and make yourself stand out from your peers, setting the stage for high praises, a raise or promotion.

Ask for a new challenge. Let your employer know you're open to taking on new challenges and enlist your boss as an ally in achieving your career goals. Try a script like this: "I like my job, but I'd also like to grow. Can we discuss ways I could (take on a project, expand the team I work with, learn a new skill, etc.), so I can contribute more?"

Improve relationships. Ultimately, you were hired to help your company achieve goals as efficiently as possible. If it's unclear how you can be of more help, your review presents a great opportunity to find out. Sincerely asking your employer "How can I make your job easier?" could be the most welcome question they've heard all year.

Handle negative feedback with ease. Don't act surprised or get defensive about any negative feedback. Own performance mistakes, understand perceptions about your work performance, and be prepared to present ways you are currently trying to improve.

Give your own review. Unlike other kinds of meetings, the focus is almost entirely on you, so include what you think. Many employers welcome feedback on their performance, so be prepared to offer constructive ideas. You'll earn bonus points if you've thought of cost-effective ways to implement team-based improvements too.

Ask for a raise. First, evaluate the financial health of your employer and make sure the company is able to offer more money. Then, make a list of your accomplishments and how these accomplishments benefited the bottom line. Share actual data and metrics that prove it. Research what others are compensated in a similar role, considering education, experience and the local market. Use this information to make your case. Avoid threatening to leave your job as a bargaining chip unless you've got another offer already in hand. If the company isn't in a financial position to offer you a raise, ask for an improvement in your benefits, like paid training, gym membership reimbursement, a few days working from home, or more vacation time.

These tips can help you make the most of everyone's time and ensure your performance review really performs.

Sources: Real Simple, The Balance, Quick & Dirty Tips


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