How to Get a Glowing Performance Review
Most managers, and I’m not an exception, view performance reviews as a necessary part of their duties. It is not something they typically get very excited about. To be fair to the employee being reviewed, many managers put in a considerable amount of time and effort into writing the review in order to provide useful feedback that can help improve future performance.
Even if you are a solid performer, there is a chance that your boss won’t recall everything you did over the last year. And that could affect your review.
The Pre-Performance Review Document
Make it easy on your boss by providing them with written guidance ahead of time. Before they sit down to review your performance and write their comments, give them a few pages that detail your work summary. Here is a simple format that works well:
- Start with high level bullets like you might include on your resume.
- Add key points for each bullet that talks about your contribution as well as the resulting success.
- End with a section on your work goals for the next 12 months and a few points on ways you can improve your productivity.
This isn’t the time to be bashful about your accomplishments. If you don’t tout them as being important, you run the risk that your boss won’t think they are important either. That could end in a performance review that isn’t as good as what you could have gotten. Show how you took a shortcoming and turned it around. Use this opportunity to shine.
Getting a Raise
By giving your boss input ahead of time, you are also telling him or her that you are aware of your contributions to your organization and that you are expecting to be recognized for them. Be careful not to spin molehills into mountains in an attempt to make your accomplishments appear bigger than they were. Keep track of what you do throughout the year – perhaps through a monthly work journal – so that producing this pre-performance review document is easy and you don’t miss any of your achievements.
If you do this year after year, you will also convey the feeling that you are a person who cares about your work and the betterment of your organization. Your managers will remember you for this, especially when it comes time for you to get a raise.