Performing Up to Snuff?

For a growing number of employees, theannual 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
performance reviews:

  • Jog your memory. Before your
    review, make a list of your accomplishments and how your efforts benefited the
    firm.
  • 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
    or resources.
  • 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.

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