As we approach mid-year, companies are preparing to review employees’ performances so far. With the pandemic, it’s not the best of time for many organisations. This means that a number of them are currently reassessing their human resource needs and will need to weigh in on a variety of factors to meet their unique organisational needs. 

This is the time to show your boss what you’ve been up to, to know what your strengths and weaknesses are and also a time to discuss your career goals with your employer. If you are seeking a pay raise, now is the time to discuss it with your employer. 

Just like everything else that has to do with your career, you have to prepare properly for your review. Here are some tips that can help you with this:

  1. Assess yourself

Take an honest look at your performance up until now before you go in for your review. Take a close look at your accomplishments, your failings, and how many of your goals you’ve been able to achieve. Evaluating yourself makes you ready for discussions as you will be aware of your performance beforehand and this will help you negotiate better with your boss.

2. Learn to respond to feedback

You have assessed yourself, so you know where you are lagging and you shouldn’t be surprised when it’s pointed out. Even if your self-review says you are doing great, still prepare to hear some not-so-great feedback or at the very best, some constructive criticism. You should learn to own up to your mistakes and respond positively to the feedback.

 3. It’s okay to brag

Your employer needs to know how much of an effort you have been putting into doing your job. Since people are working from home, most companies are looking to shed extra weight, so you have to be able to show that you are essential to the company. During your review, bring out your brag book, show how much you have made for the company, the training you have completed, relationships you have forged, projects you have completed, and so on.

4. Prepare your questions

Make the most of your review by preparing questions to know how you can improve your performance. This enables you to know exactly what is expected of you and helps you work accordingly. 

Performance reviews give you the opportunity to review your goals

5. Review your goals

If you set goals during your last review, you should take a look at them to know if you have been able to achieve them and discuss with your employer to see how you can achieve those that are lingering.

6. Set new goals

Discuss new responsibilities, new training you could take to help you do your job better, projects you would like to start that might be beneficial to the company, or a role you would like to pursue in the future 

7. Prepare your ask

Discuss new goals with your employer. If you are looking to work in a different department for example and your company allows it, then you should look to discuss this during your review. During this pandemic when most people are working from home, if you are still required to go into the office but you feel your job can be done from the house then prepare your points to let your boss know why you should work from home.

8. Give 100% and some

This is not the time to be lax. You have to be able to prove that you are valuable to the business and the company is making the right choice in keeping you on as a staff.

Finally, be proactive and take initiative to move your career to the next level. Remember that reviews are not about you pleasing your boss but are a great way to get more information about your career growth. 

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