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3 Tips for Your Next Performance Review

Are you dreading your next annual performance review? Not sure what to expect, or how to prepare?

Annual performance reviews should encourage growth, celebrate achievements and set goals for the coming year. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your next review.

1. Keep an Open Mind

As hard as it is to give constructive feedback, receiving it can be harder. But, keep in mind that the intentions of the review is to summarize what has been discussed throughout the year and encourage continual growth.

 Come with an open mind and the perspective that the constructive feedback given is a type of investment the employer is making in you. The employer sees value in your contribution to the team, and he or she wants to challenge you continually to be the best you can be.

 2. Be Confident

Don’t undersell yourself! Instead, be confident in your skills and abilities. Your manager will recognize your strengths and contributions to the business. Confidence can lead to the opportunity to handle new and bigger projects.

3. Speak Up

Sometimes, the performance review can turn into a one-sided conversation, with the employer doing all of the talking. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you wish to discuss a particular topic or concern, wait until the moment is right and respectfully address it.

In addition, be prepared to give honest feedback on your productivity and potential growth opportunity. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to ask for clarification before and during the performance review.

A good performance review should leave you feeling inspired to set and meet higher goals, and appreciated for your accomplishments.