Most companies would require people in the higher degrees of management to assess the personnel that are below them in the organizational chart. This creates a semblance of performance evaluation that is usually a part of the policy of the company in maintaining a certain level of excellence and quality.
Performance reviews are usually done periodically on an annual or bi-annual basis. These things usually call into account your performance in various projects as well as general matters regarding your work ethic such as your ability to arrive on time and your dependability when it comes to delivering on tasks assigned to you.
Here’s how you could benefit from a review at work:
- Be professional about it. Assessments regarding your performance are done to make the company stronger and to make you aware of the things you have to work on. You can’t just depend on your personal rating to know how well you’re doing. Just like in school, an unbiased arbiter or observer will be the one to give you the grade or rating you deserve. Do not take the rating personally. Your obvious negative reaction towards it may be viewed in the wrong light by your colleagues and this may have serious social and professional consequences later on.
- Study the assessment sheet so that you know what you’re being rated for. With you knowing which parts of your job are to be rated, you will have a greater chance of knowing which segments of your roles in the company would need the most effort.
- Most companies would have coaching sessions following an evaluation. This would give you the chance to talk over some of the points of the assessment and evaluation with your supervisor or boss. Feel free to go through each of the items so that you can understand the basis for rating you as such. Ratings are sometimes based on measurable values such as your actual sales or your ability to reach certain targets. Being familiar with the system used to assess your achievements and performance can allow you to perform better in the eyes of your supervisors come time of the next evaluation period.
- Ask for points for improvement. You should be open to criticism since this is the only way that you would be able to see your shortcomings. If you’ve done a good job, you will probably get the commendation you deserve but it is the job of the supervisor to give tips and advice on how you can even up your performance on areas that could still be improved.
You may find evaluations to be unnerving, but they’re necessary to make sure that the company runs smoothly! Try to make the most of them by taking advantage of the information, advice and the third-party input that comes from such activities. With enough exposure to these pressures and standards, your overall performance can take a turn for the better.