TORONTO, February 16, 2012 – Receiving negative feedback during a performance review is never a pleasant experience. But it’s important to view a bad performance review in a positive way - as a wake-up call, not a career-ender.
A performance review is intended to help identify an employee’s recent achievements and areas of improvement. Dwelling on a negative review will only hinder future performances.
Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Randstad Canada says employees should keep an open mind and really listen to what is being highlighted in the review. “It's also important that workers recognize the positive feedback in a review,” she adds. “Often, employees become so fixated on the negatives that they don’t take the time to listen to any of the positives that were covered and it becomes difficult for them to get the most out of the discussion.”
So what can you do if you find yourself in this situation? Harris offers some important advice to help get back on track after a bad performance review:
Clarify all details
When you receive a poor evaluation, it’s natural to feel defensive or emotional. But it’s important to remain calm and focused. Ask your manager for specific examples of your performance to help you understand the reasoning behind the constructive criticism. And remember to take notes during the review so you can evaluate the feedback at a later date. If further clarification is needed, contact your manager to schedule a follow-up meeting.
Find a mentor
To help in your career development, find a mentor who can work with you to recognize and overcome workplace challenges. A mentor will also be able to offer ideas and constructive feedback on your progress.
Get back on track
Work together with your manager to develop a strategy that will help you succeed in your career. Keeping track of your progress is a good way to measure your accomplishments. The effectiveness of your strategy can then be reviewed during a follow-up meeting.
According to Harris the constructive criticism an employee receives is intended to help them assess their performance and provide them with opportunities to improve. She says, “It’s important to remember these reviews can help foster better communication with management, open up the door for training and development opportunities and can help guide you towards becoming a stronger performer.”
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