Career Success: Make the Most of a Performance Review
If you’re like most employees, you probably dread the performance review. At best, it’s a tired old corporate habit that neither you nor your boss enjoy. At worst, it’s a chance for your boss to tell you all of your faults.
But a performance review can actually have some upsides. As this article says, you can benefit from this process, if you have the right attitude. Some tips:
Be optimistic. It’s possible that your review may be more positive than you think.
Be open to constructive criticism. Ideally, your boss will not only mention your weaknesses –they will also suggest ways that you can improve. This can be an opportunity for you to grow and develop more professional strengths.
Don’t be too defensive. Even if you disagree with the assessment, getting too defensive or arguing with your boss will only take things in a negative direction.
Keep your boss’ personality in mind. Let’s face it, some bosses are just not very nice. If you are unlucky enough to have one of those managers, your review may just be a chance for them to air all of their gripes and complaints. Don’t take it personally, and remind yourself of all of your positive accomplishments.
And remember, some bosses just have a tendency to focus on weaknesses, assuming you already know where you shine. In this case, you may need to be more vocal and ask your boss right out to provide some positive feedback, as well.
How do you get the most out of a performance review? Share tips in the comments.
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