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Stephanie King


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Do you feel nervous about your annual performance review? Even the thought of it can make your heart beat faster as uneasy feelings well up inside you! 

The good news is there are steps you can take to prepare for a more relaxed and constructive review with your manager. Whew!

Try these techniques year-round to ensure you ace your yearly review:

1. Understand how your role fits into the bigger picture.

Your objectives should align with and support the larger company’s priorities around business, culture, and professional development. Align on those early and make sure you’re set up to contribute appropriate to your experience and goals. 

When it comes to your review your objectives should be well-established. They will often shift during the year as business decisions and organizational changes occur. However, these pivots should be congruent with your manager and your role.

As you write a self-review for your performance review reflect on your contributions, your flexibility, and how your accomplishments tie to business results.

2. Seek regular feedback.

Each company is different. Some have performance reviews annually, biannually, quarterly, monthly, or just informal reviews at each 1:1 with your manager. If your company is at the less frequent end of the scale consider requesting feedback more frequently.

Having a focused conversation seeking constructive feedback and talking about your desired opportunities is helpful to have on a regular basis. The best performance review is the one without any surprises (regarding performance).

Keep in mind as well that you can and should be offering up feedback to your manager. This is a 2-way street.

3. Take initiative.

I just mentioned in technique 2 the concept of writing a self-review — was this part of your plan? Take the initiative to provide a self-review in advance. Even if it’s not requested or part of the process, this is an opportunity for you to advocate for your accomplishments and what you want going forward. 

I always recommend drafting your own objectives. Putting together something to review as a jumping off point for negotiations increases your probability of influencing the direction of your career. Get good at tying what you want to business priorities and you’ll sail through.

Look ahead to the next year and forecast what you want to be doing. Thinking about what you want to do, what you want to learn, and where you want to go is your responsibility. If you don’t manage your career, your manager will be happy to direct it for you.  

Have you prepared for your performance review? Any piece you’re struggling with? Drop me a note and I’ll personally respond.Tell me in the comments below!






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