Posted on May 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Most people struggle with accurately representing their job performance. It’s hard to be objective about yourself, it’s hard to make time to do a thorough evaluation, and it’s hard to know what answers will move your career in the right direction. Measuring your own job performance requires a clear plan.
When it comes time to stand up for your work in your self-assessment, having actual data to show what you've done throughout the year is highly beneficial. Employees and managers will likely know how their performance has been but having concrete numbers to back up any affirmation strengthens the validity of an employee's self-assessment.
Self-assessments aren't just about pointing out triumphs. Employees should also critically confront the times they came up short. Being honest means pointing out some areas that could be improved. Still, it's important to not become self-deprecating in your assessment. Use developmental language when critiquing the areas in which you need to improve.
It's important to never hibernate. As humans we’re constantly adapting, learning, and changing. Whether you've had a great year or fallen short of your own expectations, it's important to remain hungry to improve and educate yourself. The first step is to adopt a growth-mindset and understand that adult human potential is not fixed. We are always in a state of becoming, and our potential increases or decreases based on many factors including the environment where we live and work.
Once you've outlined the areas where you would like to grow, it's a good idea to demonstrate a plan for how to get there. Use this as an opportunity to ask for whatever type of training could help you contribute more, whether it's attending an SEO conference or taking a course on the newest version of a certain software. Now is a good time to put in the request.