You may be dreading your first or one of many performance reviews maybe not because you feel you’re going to get a negative one, but perhaps because you’re just unsure about it entirely. Perhaps there are a few aspects about your work that you recognise needs changing or that someone has brought up. Human habits are difficult to change, but with determination it’s definitely not impossible. Let’s go through a few tips for changing up or enhancing your performance.
Self Motivation to Change
As human beings it’s not often we do a self evaluation or performance review on ourselves because without feedback we’re so caught up within ourselves we cannot hope to change. It helps to actually approach trusted confidants who may be able to offer some insight and feedback for us to better ourselves through. Getting a small sample of a full performance review can course correct our behaviour beforehand which can give us the confidence needed to face our peers. Another consideration is the self motivation; we have to listen to an appraisal or performance review and actually agree with it before it’s possible to bring ourselves to change. Sometime we will have the odd comment that comes from leftfield we have no obligation to agree with, but you have to give it a chance to put yourself in the shoes of another and see if they actually have a point.
Get Feedback for Direction
If you’re still reading this then you’re likely serious about making a change to your behaviour to impress management in the performance review once and for all. Now it becomes a question of what aspects exactly need to be addressed when making the change; we needn’t change everything we are in order to impress because we’ll cease to be genuine individuals. Instead start with the biggest pitfall you may have about yourself; being tardy isn’t an example of a performance review that’s all that positive. If this is your case, then you can make an effort to arrive earlier to work every day and while it may take a while for people to notice the change it will be noted eventually and reflect positively. Be wary of fuzzy phrases from a fellow employee; a performance review such as ‘bad communication’ or ‘lack of initiative’ will have dozens of interpretations that aren’t helpful.
In the end we’re all creatures of habit and changing our bad behaviours may prove difficult. If this is the case often replacing one habit with another habit is incredibly helpful; this is of course if a straight culling of the habit is too much of a challenge. With these considerations in mind, you should be able to handle a performance review with confidence since you yourself have taken time and insight to better performance with your own initiative.
Eugene Calvini is a writer and office consultant; an office search will reveal successful examples in executive suites Chigago and other parts of the US, which proves insightful perspective useful for office coaching.