One of the most dreaded tasks that your own supervisor or an HR executive can ask of you is to write up a self-appraisal.
Most employees will do just about anything to get out of doing this, as they feel that it is a pointless exercise that will just waste their time.
They believe that while they wouldn’t criticise themselves on this form, they wouldn’t be able to be too boastful either, because their boss wouldn’t like a staff member who would be too self-promoting.
However, self-appraisal forms are actually very useful not only to your direct boss, but to you, as well. If you get over the fact that this is useless, you can actually reframe your mind to consider it is a self-reflecting moment that can help you analyse your past work performance and plan for the future.
This can provide a good opportunity to look over work done throughout the last year, and assess how well your execution met with your goals.
Did you meet or exceed or goals, or did you fall short in some areas?
This knowledge can help you not only improve, but talk to your leader about possible ways she can help you grow in the position.
Read this article for tips on writing a self-appraisal.
Detail Your Successes
You may believe that your manager is aware of the fantastic job you are doing, but remember that she is likely supervising others, and focusing on her own career, so there is a big chance that many of your accomplishments have been forgotten.
A self-appraisal is a great opportunity to reaffirm your contribution to your team by listing detailed successes during the last year.
Did you come up with a genius idea that raised company profits by 10%?
Did you catch a serious mistake made by another employee that saved the organisation from being embarrassed in front of an important client? Include that. An outline of key performances along with possible examples is necessary for a great self-appraisal.
Aside from focusing on achievements, your manager is also looking at possible challenges that you have faced at work.
It’s impossible that any one team member has not struggled with anything, so try to be as honest as possible.
Perhaps you feel overloaded and overwhelmed with the workload, and feel like you can never keep up.
Or, you may prefer more planning conducted on projects so you don’t have to rush to finish all the time.
Bring these issues up to your supervisor so you can discuss them and possible solutions.
Be realistic about what can be done to mitigate the problems, but remain optimistic that your supervisor will be receptive to helping you improve workflow.
Plan For The Future
A trait of a focused employee is one that is always planning for the future. This can encompass many different areas.
Bosses really appreciate when they see that their staff constantly strive to better themselves; and if you discuss that with your boss, it is likely that she will help you along your path.
Perhaps there are some classes you would like to take to improve at your position, or you would like a mentor to impart wisdom to you.
Second, consider a five or ten year plan for your career, and share it with your leader.
Having a short and long term plan is imperative to help you stay on track to reach your goals, and your manager can play a central role in helping you get there.
A self-appraisal is a valuable tool to help you and your boss be on the same page about your previous accomplishments and future goals.
Don’t dismiss this as a useless activity; instead, treat it as a useful document to help you reflect and plan ahead.