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Yiming Shuang
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about 2 months ago
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I’m due for a performance review… What should I expect?

Lots of companies do their performance reviews toward the end of the year. Do you usually get nervous about the process? I have gone through this process both as a staff member and a manager. It was not an easy process! We have a few tips to share but also want to learn about your experiences and lessons learned? How do you nail your performance review process?

What’s in it for me?

  • 🪞Self reflection: This is a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished this past year. Think about what you enjoyed doing and felt challenged. Think about where you are in your career and if you find this job still satisfying for your goals.
  • 🤝Communication and relationship building: You might feel anxious having those one-on-one conversations with your supervisor. But this is also a great chance to understand better about your boss’ expectations and also provide your feedback.
  • 💵Advancement and growth: This is also a major game time to ask for promotion and raise. Feel free to check these tips to ask for a raise

What should I prepare?

  • 📆Schedule in advance: Although most companies have a set window for the performance review, you can still proactively reach out to your boss that you know this is coming and you’re willing to be proactive to set a time. That way it shows that you’re ready and not afraid to go into it.
  • 📝Draft your reflections: Definitely jot down your accomplishments and things you want to improve. If possible, you can even ask for a written record or review on your file so you can be better prepared.
  • Prepare some questions: Take charge of your review by listing some questions to fit your current goals. What are the opportunities for advancement? What is the direction and budget for the future of this role? Show your boss that you’ve put thought into your role and career.
  • 🗂Follow up after the review: Always ask for a written copy of your file after the review. It is so important to keep that transparency and accountability. I’ve seen many terminations without causes and you can advocate for yourself to see if proper performance reviews have been done. It’s good to cover your base.

Share your thoughts about the performance review. What are the best or worst experiences you’ve had in the past?

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Ford Simpson

My performance reviews are usually done without my knowing. I could ask questions after but that seems like tilting at windmills.Ford( They have all been very good anyway).

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Ford Simpson

As for termination without a cause,that is stipulated when they hire you. Fire for no reason is not a way to do business in my opinion.Ford

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Kate DCamp

Most companies separate merit increase discussions from the performance review because when they are combined, the person being reviewed is waiting for the number during the whole discussion, or no discussion happens. The review is a real opportunity for feedback. Prep a list of your accomplishments, without being long winded or explaining every little step. Focus on what you accomplished, not just what you worked on. Send the list to your boss at least 1 day before the scheduled discussion.

In the discussion, be in listening mode. Don’t react point by point, hear the boss out. Prepare a few questions to ask. If the review is negative, you can tell the boss that you’re shocked, but don’t argue. Bosses don’t like to leave someone upset or disappointed, so just wrap up and leave versus continuing more discussion.

If it goes well, smile and say thank you.

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Carliesha Murray

Expect nothing in return & they’ll watch you fail

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Sonya Lewis

What about expecting what you put out as far as work? Be open minded. Hope all is well.

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Julie Ortiz

Expect nothing .... employers today don't know, like or trust their workforce ... won't pay them a 'living wage", and wonder why they won't come into work during a pandemic.... just saying!

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Regina Pierce

I have learned to get plenty of rest before any performance review, and to be on time. review my job description , know how I would evaluate myself and be prepared to actively advocate for myself during the process. i ask for a print out of each review and keep them in a safe place to assist in any further evaluations I might encounter.

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William Beacham

You should be expecting about a dime an hour raise. The company then acts like they just gave you all the money they could afford and then tell you how ungrateful you are. Only to find out a month later that your co-worker (you know the one, he or she is always in managements office talking about senseless stuff offering to go to the store or fast food restaurant to get them a bite to eat) received a $1.50 raise an hour and they’ve only been there three months and you’ve been there for eight years and that they are already making $2.75 an hour more than you, all the while you are working up a sweat and so tired your feet are killing you.

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joses loan

ssd

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Seth Wayman

lies if its a corrupt place

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