How To Deal with a Bad Employee Performance Review

Employee performance evaluations are used by many companies and firms to maintain the productivity of their employees and ensure that everyone in the office is working at top level. Most of the time, these employee evaluations are nothing to worry about – unless you get a bad review. Here’s how you can deal with bad employee performance reviews.

  • Check yourself. First of all, try to determine what aspects of the review you disagree with, and what aspects of the review you agree with. The only time that a performance review should be considered bad is if you think that you have not been evaluated properly. If you think that you strive for a good quality of work, and if you think that you have achieved this, then the fact that the evaluation does not reflect your output and your efforts is a serious matter. But if you have actually lagged in your performance, then it is often best to simply take the review with a grain of salt.
  • Ask your boss. If you still think that the employee evaluation is unfair, the next step is to visit your supervisor or your boss’ office and ask him about the review. Make sure, however, that you do not immediately talk to your boss right after you have received the employee evaluation. Remember, chances are that you are still quite emotional after receiving the unfair remarks, which means that you are in no condition to talk to your boss. Talking to your boss while your temper is flaring will not make you look good, and may worsen the situation. When you have already regained your composure, the question that you need to ask your boss is whether he was justified in highlighting your weak points instead of your strong points. Almost all employees will have weak points, but in most reviews, these are usually relegated to the sides. Usually, this is an effective bargaining tool.
  • Bargaining. Try to make your employer understand just how important the evaluation is to you, even if the evaluation will not directly determine your stay in the company. Try to tell your boss that you have actually worked very hard, and that if there are some shortcomings on your part, these were completely unintentional, that you have tried to make up for these, and that your permanent records should not hold these negative comments when there are actually other strong points that you have exhibited while performing your tasks as an employee.
  • Make a response. Another course of action that you can take is to create your own written response. The written letter is great because it allows you to respond and elaborate your side, without having to confront the boss. Some people bargain well when talking face to face, but there are also a number of employees who prefer sending letters.

Also make sure that you continue to maintain your good working relationship between you and your boss and your office mates, in spite of the negative reviews. Remember, you will not necessarily be kicked out of your job because of the review. Severing all ties will only worsen the situation. And even if you happen to get dropped from the job, the last thing that you want is to have a negative recommendation letter.


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