(Closed) Pregnancy –> 1st negative performance evaluation at work :(

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
Member
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you should tell the truth. Explain about your circumstance, and explain that you know you were underperforming, and that instead of just struggling you should have gone to someone for help, or to explain beforehand. I think all you can do here is explain. Say that you understand why you got the bad review, and tell them you’ll work on it and that you’re sorry. I don’t think you can expect them to wipe the slate clean, but you could at least tell them the WHY in this situation, so they don’t think badly of you and your work ethic.  πŸ™

Post # 4
Member
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m sorry πŸ™ Does your employer know that you’re pregnant? I would write in the comment box about how rough of a trimester it has been physically. I don’t think that’s inappropriate. I think it is good to show your employer the reason for your different performance. 

And hopefully you will start feeling better so you can start kicking butt! Perhaps you could talk to your boss and ask for another evaluation in 4-5 months? Obviously this was an off couple of months for you, so I don’t think that your whole year should be judged based on those few months.

Post # 5
Member
9825 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Be honest without sounding like you’re making excuses. Explain that you’ve definitely been behind due to sheer fatigue, but that you do not disagree with the assessment and that you appreciate the opportunity to turn things around. Agreed with PP requesting another evaluation soon will let them know you’re taking things seriously and possess the ability to stay self-motivated.

Post # 6
Member
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh no! So sorry you are going through that.. Does your employer know you are pregnant and about your previous loss (so sorry to hear that).

That might help shed some light, and maybe go a little bit easier on you for the months to come. 

Good luck.

Post # 8
Member
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Im sorry:( I totally agree that you should acknowledge that you know you haven’t been your normal self. You’ve worked at this job for a whole, right? If your employer knows that you’re normally a great employee and very productive, I’m sure that they’ll be happy of you say that you are disappointed that your performance was affected, but you’re feeling better and certain that they’ll see that you’re back to your old, crazy efficient self;)

Post # 9
Member
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh honey. I just think it’s been hard for you. I know you also had some issues with your hubby during this time too. I might bring it up in some vague way sighting “personal difficulties” and then Id just promise improvement. forgive yourself. anyone might slip. xoxo

Post # 11
Member
1264 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Sorry to hear about your negative review!

Could you maybe comment that whilst you don’t disagree with the review it would be good for them to have given you some feedback earlier in the picture?  You can’t fix a problem if your manager isn’t giving you an opportunity to do so!

And FWIW, any negative review reflects on your immediate manager and surely it’s part of their responsibility to ensure that you’re performing to your best πŸ™‚  Sometimes as people we need a little bit of extra support!

Post # 13
Member
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Please do not use your pregnancy as an excuse for poor performance. While being pregnant I completely understand, but as an HR professional it is a terrible career move. Being pregnant you are still required to complete your work to the same standard that was expected before. Unless you have a doctor’s note excusing you from certain duties, your performance still needs to be satisfactory. What I may recommend on the section for comments in to write how you plan to improve your performance. That you are taking responsibility for your poor performance but are making an effort/commitment to do your good better and to their standards.

Post # 15
Member
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@78h20-Your welcome. Please PM me if you have any questions. I know friends and family are telling me all the time not to do this or that and that work understands but I know legally that a pregnant woman can be fired. Not because of her pregnancy but if there is documentation that she wasn’t performing her job as needed. It sucks. Luckily my boss is in another state and the person I indirectly report to here is wonderful because his daughter just had a baby and he is protective of me now.

Post # 16
Member
5978 posts
Bee Keeper

@roxy821:  I just wanted to agree with everything you said! 

I’m also in HR, and I would advise against using  your pregnancy in any sort of way in your review response. I think it’s a great idea to say that you need more feedback more often from your supervisor as well as clearer expectations, and outline the things that you did well within your job description. A good rebuttle to the review will help to contradict it’s negativity.

The topic ‘Pregnancy –> 1st negative performance evaluation at work :(’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors