How forthcoming should I be in my performance review

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

lauralaura123 :  Rate yourself fairly, but err on the side of being more generous to yourself. If you think you would score a 6 or 7 in one category, go with 7. Round up when in doubt.

You don’t want to come across as egotistic, but you also don’t want to come across as having no confidence. 

Post # 3
259 posts
Helper bee

Are you supposed to put actual numbers around this or just do a self-reflection?

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee

If they don’t ask for numbers, don’t create numbers. Sometimes these self-assessments do. In either case, MrsSapphire’s advice should be applied. If no numbers, basically make sure the words you use are casting you in a realistic yet favorable light.

IMO a well-written self assessment won’t change your boss’s opinion of you which is probably already formed, unless you’re in a situation where you have one boss but have worked for multiple people on different projects. HOWEVER, the self assessment is an opportunity to get ahead and open the conversation. Your boss manages multiple people and (no offense, it’s true for everyone) has probably forgotten a lot of what you’ve accomplished this year. This is your chance to set the tone and to remind your boss. You should also take it as an opportunity to think back on all you’ve done and achieved this year; I find self assessments very helpful in terms of becoming an advocate for myself because I don’t always stop and think back on that…but this is one place you can start getting material to market yourself, and hopefully feel satisfied at all you’ve achieved!

Post # 6
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

So self-relflections in performance reviews are extremely common in my company. We don’t assign numbers but we list what elements of hte job “tool/skill set” are current strengths and which are “development opportunities”. These are not held against us but instead used by the manager to help us focus and accerlate our professional development.

The culture at my company is very competitive with fast learning curves expected so showing that you take this seriously and are pushing yourself are seen as positives. I tend to be overly harsh on myself and often managers are cautioning me to not set too high of expectations for myself.  

So ultimately, the appropriate action on your part will be dependent on what your company culture is and the company’s reasons for wanting you to review yourself. I suspect that for your company it’s to provide employees an opportunity to voice their own opinion to identify and address any large discrepencies that may arise between manager review and employee review. In that case I would err on the side of generosity. If however this is about professional development, then I would use the opportunity to be realistic about where your weaknesses are and think about what a plan of attack would be to strengthen those current weaknesses.

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