Never allow a lack of honest feedback to lull you into a false sense of accomplishment at work. If you plan on maximizing your potential, you need as much constructive criticism as possible.
This feedback can come from anyone, but it’s most important when it comes from your boss because he/she is probably the person who:
- Best understands your current role
- Sets the expectations you need to meet
- Has the power to advance your career
Aim to get feedback every six months or so. At the very least, you should get 100% unfiltered feedback during your performance review.
How to make the most of your performance review
1. Do the work up front
Don’t go into your performance review guessing. Position yourself for success by:
- Asking your manager for the list of topics you’ll discuss
- Analyzing the key metrics you’ll be evaluated on
- Studying your performance and being prepared to speak intelligently about what went well (and what didn’t) and why
It also helps to let your manager know ahead of time that you’d like to discuss your career path/goals.
2. Communicate openly
Now is the time to put it all on the table. Being as diplomatic as possible (don’t throw people under the bus), speak candidly with your manager about the things you discuss.
If something isn’t working, let them know. A great manager will want feedback from their employees so they can put everyone in the best position to succeed.
3. Pop the question
If your review is full of positive feedback, congratulations! You’re a rock star employee. But you’re not done until you get one last piece of information.
Here are sample questions you can ask to make the most of your performance review:
- What can I do better this year to help the team/company even more?
- What skill(s) would you like to see me improve in the next 12 months?
- How can I put myself in the best position to be promoted to XYZ role?
While it may be tempting to start negotiating your salary, it’s best to avoid that unless you’ve had prior discussions or specifically told your manager that you’d like to discuss that weeks in advance.
If you think you’re worth more than you’re being paid, tell your manager that you’d like to schedule some time to discuss salary after your incredible performance review.
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