How to Handle the Yearly Performance Review
TORONTO, January 10, 2012 – It’s that time of year when many employers conduct their annual performance reviews. While many employees dread the ritual of sitting down with their manager to evaluate their performance, Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services, says you can avoid the sweaty palms and nerves by making the most of the opportunity.
According to Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Randstad Canada, the performance review is important to every employee, as it can be a valuable tool for career growth. “Although performance reviews can sometimes generate a certain degree of stress and nervousness, they are intended to help employees. A thorough performance review provides an employee with the chance to discuss their accomplishments, concerns, needs and desires for the future. It also gives management the opportunity to identify areas that need improvement, possibilities for employee training or professional development and can also be the basis for salary adjustments or promotions. The overall goal is to foster greater communication between employees and managers,” she says.
Performance reviews should not bring any surprises, rather confirm the themes addressed throughout the year.
As an employee, it’s important to set aside some time to prepare for the periodic review. Harris shares some tips to help you get ready for your next performance review:
Understand the Criteria: Try to determine your company's main focus, the important decision-makers and their criteria for measuring success.
Do your homework: Take some quiet time to think about what things have been the highlights and low points of the year for you. Be honest with yourself — what has stretched you? What have you found too easy? Where are you struggling? Write down facts and examples.
Think of what is next: Identify your own development needs and what you would like to get involved with in the following year (next year's goals, objectives and targets).
Don't be defensive: Criticism from your manager should be expected. When confronted with a legitimate critique, identify how you plan to correct it going forward.
If you feel you are due for promotion: be prepared to show how you have been effective or you have excelled expectations. Come up with a list of all accomplishments achieved over the year. Be as factual as possible in expressing targets met or exceeded, deadlines met ahead of time, new skills acquired, products/processes or procedures introduced.
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