For a growing number of employees, the “annual” performance review is no longer a
once-a-year occasion, a recent Robert Half International survey shows. Nearly
four in 10 (39 percent) executives interviewed said their
companies schedule these meetings either twice a year or quarterly, up from
29 percent in 2002.
Following are some tips to help you make the most of
- Jog your memory. Before your
review, make a list of your accomplishments and how your efforts benefited the
- Arrive with ideas. Your manager
will likely solicit your input on what you hope to achieve in the coming months
and if you would like any changes made to your role. Carefully consider the
support you might need to meet your objectives.
- Treat the review as a two-way
conversation. How you listen and respond to feedback is crucial. Think
of the meeting as an opportunity to work with your supervisor to develop a plan
to move your career forward.
- Dish it out —
carefully. Use the review to diplomatically
provide your manager with feedback. This is your chance to request more guidance
- Create an action
plan. Always finish the discussion by setting
specific goals to work toward. To make the next review more productive, start
tracking your achievements and challenges now.