It was a heartbreaking story of a performance review gone wrong. By the time this client reached me she was convinced performance reviews were a rigged process designed to put people down.
It can feel that way when performance evaluations are done wrong.
In her case, she trusted that the process would highlight her strengths as well as any opportunities for development. That’s not what happened. Instead, by the time her boss was done talking she felt like she was about to be fired and had nothing to offer her organization.
She was speaking to me for career coaching because she wanted to quit and find a different job.
This story might be familiar, and if it’s happening to you take heart (and don’t quit until you've read this blog). While you feel at the mercy of the review process, and your boss’s perspective on your work, you can influence both to ensure you get the performance review you deserve.
Here are 6 ways to get a performance evaluation you’ll be proud of:
The truth is performance review processes are at best well-intentioned. My client and I worked on re-opening her evaluation so she could feel comfortable staying in her role knowing she had a bright future there. It wasn’t comfortable for her, but with perseverance (and through collaboration with her manager) she was able to shift her evaluation to one that highlighted both her accomplishments, and her opportunities.
Putting yourself in the driver’s seat, not just for the review, but all year long, means you’ll have a better evaluation experience and your career gets the love it (and you) deserve.