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If you’re having a performance review soon, this is the perfect time to think about what to say and how to perceive the experience exactly. In this article you’ll read a list of 6 suggestions, which we recommend you to say/do during a performance review.

 

#1 Tell the boss what (s)he should start or stop doing

Even bosses need feedback and continuous support from their employees to keep the strategy on track and shape it in a better direction. More viewpoints can make decision-makers avoid one-sided, not-so-well-overthought decisions.

As Bhavin Parikh, CEO and founder of Magoosh Inc. once said:

“Most companies, (…) innovate and improve through addition. Employees are regularly bringing up ideas of what we could add to our products or operations that would make the company better. I wish employees would also tell me what we should stop doing. (…)”

#2 Tell them your goals

Goals show you the clear signs of your actual performance vs. your expected performance. A good goal consists of 3 elements: clear and brief explanation, measurability and concrete deadline.

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#3 Are you happy about it? Share it during the performance review!

If you are happy about the job and the overall experience, it can be a very good idea to talk about it. Be it during the teambuilding events using Battlejungle, performance reviews, or any other experience it’s always important to express your happiness. Of course, don’t overkill it. What is more, happiness is contagious. A spark of joy will rapidly spread across the employees. Happy employees work better, better work means better performance. And better performance makes the boss happy. A happy boss means a less-stressful environment. The happiness circle goes on.

 

#4 Share the things you want to learn

Workplace is a great place for improving your skills as it provides a suitable environment and opportunitites for this purpose. Stating these during a performance review is a good (and recommended) start. Why? For two reasons: a) there’s a high chance that your fellow co-workers want to sharpen their exact same skills and thus you can start improving them together (*woop, woop*); b) expressing out loud your goals publicly can ensure that you’ll indeed start working on them.

 

#5 Talk about the future of the company and where you see yourself

Simple: expressing this vision means engagement and the fact, that you think way ahead, in tangible goals. You care about your workplace and you have a clear picture of your role in making it better.

 

#5 Share the things you want to try

Trying out new things are highly beneficial on every level – it broadens your viewpoint, introduces you to a new kind of logic and boosts creativity. We strongly encourage you to express these to your co-workers. Who knows, maybe they wanted to try those things, too, but didn’t have the time/chance/courage for that. Or simply weren’t fancy trying. Aside from its contribution to the team cohesion, it’s an exciting and helpful experience that can bring a great ROI, as well.

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#6 Collect feedback

The cherry on top: collecting actual input for your improvement. Use the opportunity to ask for feedback not only from your supervisor, but from your colleagues, as well. Be open: critics are sometimes like bitter pills, which have to be swallowed, but they’re completely worth it. Moreover, we recommend you to focus rather on the constructively negative feedbacks for the short period of time during a performance review. They’ll show the fields, on which you should work on your skills more.

 

Summary

Sometimes performance reviews can be stressful, but these reviews are practically the engine for your professional improvement. Although there is a relatively solid plan in your boss’s head, it’s strongly advised to share your new ideas, concerns about your boss’s doing. Who knows, maybe the company will take a whole better turn with a simple idea, or will be better off without something the company shouldn’t do. A little happiness always can help: if you’re satisfied with your work, let others know! Plus, we encourage you to publicly state those fields, on which you intend to improve. The biggest beneficiary of this is You, as it will always make you bother sharpening that particular skill(s).

Always have a clear vision of the company’s future and your role in it – a more obvious picture will pave your path. Finally: be open and swipe in as many (negative) feedback as you can!

 

For additional information you can find a related article HERE!

 

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