Jobs: Performance Reviews - Personal Approach to Yearly Appraisal
Byline: JANE GALLAGHER
PERFORMANCE reviews,appraisals, personal development interviews or Judgement Day?
However, you view them or whatever title your company decided upon, they all come down to the same thing; a focus on your past performance.
In theory these meetings should be a chance for you to get feedback on your performance and help you plan your future career progression.
In reality,however,poorly trained managers are ordered by human resources chiefs to go forth into the masses and compile a report which lies on someone's desk for 12 months until the next time.
In other words,a complete waste of time on everybody's part.
Or is it? If you have a negative view of these meetings then think again,as you may be missing out on a rare opportunity to get your boss's undivided attention for an hour.
And with a little preparation it may be possible to turn your fortunes around.
After all, to paraphrase the motivation gurus, if you always do what you'vealways done, you will always get what you'vealways got!
So how can you get what you want?
Firstly, think ahead.Recall your achievements over the past 12 months,in particular the skills you have developed.
Think back to mistakes you made. Don't wait for your manager to point them out, show what you have learnt from the experience. …