What you need to know:
- As a foundation for your appraisal application, it is critical that you review your job description and responsibilities.
- This should clearly outline your skills—earned before and while at your place of work, responsibilities, and goals.
- If you are seeking a promotion, you should also reference the job description for the next level up.
It is that time of the year when most employers are conducting work performance evaluation, a method by which the performance of an employee is documented and evaluated. To most individuals, the mention of appraisals brings acute anxiety. This is because it can be a make-or-break process for your career.
Yet a performance review gives you a grand opportunity to toot your achievements, highlight the value you have added to your organisation and set objectives for the following year.
“Performance appraisals are an opportunity for you to communicate honestly with your manager about your career progression,” offers Frida Gitonga, a Nairobi-based human resource practitioner.
To get it right:
Even before you receive that email, you need to start collating your facts, job descriptions, and achievements. If you are going for a physical performance review, think about what you are going to say, organise your materials and dress for the occasion.
Review your job description
As a foundation for your appraisal application, it is critical that you review your job description and responsibilities. This should clearly outline your skills—earned before and while at your place of work, responsibilities, and goals. If you are seeking a promotion, you should also reference the job description for the next level up.
A performance review gives you an opportunity to talk about your contribution to the success of your company. Talk about what you have done in your department, the training and industry qualifications achieved, and objectives. If you have ideas on how to improve the various departments, talk about them. You should take this chance to express your interest in taking on extra responsibility – this is a sure way of getting ahead, being noticed, and showing your commitment to the company and your position within it.
When writing your appraisal report, use the approach of “show” not tell”. For instance, instead of just describing yourself as a leader, clearly demonstrate how you have led your colleagues to achieve a particular goal. Also, steer clear of emotive language when responding to the questions asked.
Focus on factual reasons why you should be considered for a pay rise or a promotion, not just because your colleague or someone else in your job group was promoted. This is your best opportunity to convince your employer of the value you have contributed to the business and how you can continue to add value in future.
Be open to feedback
You must be open to constructive criticism. This attribute shows that you are willing to learn and improve. After your review, document details from your evaluation such as strengths or challenges discussed. Use these to improve your work and as a guide for your next performance evaluation.