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Dealing with Performance Appraisals

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It is an age-old question – how to deal with appraisals at the workplace? Most employees grapple with this thought as they fill up their long assessment forms. In fact most people feel quite apprehensive while writing about their skills or rating their own progress. Most people find it challenging to articulate their accomplishments within a few paragraphs. Since there is no exact protocol to fill a self evaluation form, it can be quite tricky to figure out how modest you should be while writing about your capabilities. Although it is not an easy task for many, but writing a self-evaluation form can be a brilliant opportunity to exhibit your best qualities and showcase your skills as an employee. Read further for some great tips on how to deal with appraisals and write an evaluation that will not only make an impression on your boss but also mirror your skills and potential well.

Choose a Format
Before getting started, it is a good idea to check with your manager for the format in which he or she needs your self-evaluation. Most organizations have a predefined format in which you need to fill your appraisal form. You should also ask your supervisor if there are any particular topics that he or she needs you to address in your self evaluation.

Critically Evaluate Your Work
Evaluating your progress and writing about your finest skills can be a pretty daunting task. Most people often get nervous and worry that they will end up saying or writing wrong things while rating themselves. However, instead of worrying about it, you should take this as your perfect chance to talk about yourself, your growth and your short comings over the last few months. Surely it might not come naturally to you, but try to give it a shot by complimenting or criticizing your own work. You will discover is that it is not as complex as everyone makes it out to be.

Highlight Your Achievements
Your performance assessment form showcases your key strengths, your accomplishments of the year and goals for the upcoming year. The details help your employers to evaluate your performance and decide your performance rating. Remember that your rating and resulting incentive or raise depends not only on your achievements but also on how well you have showcased them in your assessment form.

To make an effective impact, highlight your projects – what all went into making the project a success, what was the resulting benefit to the business, what kind of skills and personality attributes you demonstrated during the process, your growth as an individual in your role, etc. It is possible that your boss might not have complete visibility of what all you do as a part of your job, make sure that you emphasize in detail how you are making a difference.

Polish the Final Draft
Run spell-check, check for consistency in formatting, proofread and fix any grammatical errors. This will enable your supervisor to focuses on the content and not on minor mistakes. Review the company policies and goals to highlight your achievements and goals as inline with the organizational vision. Be honest – own up to your mistakes in the last one year and share how you have learnt from the them and are, therefore, better prepared to handle such situations in future.

You should always remember that the most important benefit of appraisal is that, in the hustle and bustle of daily working life, it offers an exceptional chance for you and your supervisor to have “time out” for a one-to-one discussion of important work issues that might not be addressed otherwise. You should take this as the perfect opportunity to address issues and jointly develop a plan of future growth and development.Dealing with Performance Appraisals, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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