Were you ever one of those kids who got butterflies when you knew your report card was coming? A performance review can bring up those same butterflies because you’re being critiqued on how well you performed based on others’ standards and expectations. Finding out these results can be very stressful when it comes to your livelihood.
A performance review doesn’t have to a be a negative experience though. It’s really just an evaluation of what’s been done, both good and bad, and how this information can help you and your supervisor in the future.
The point of any kind of progress report is to find areas for improvement. It’s a good opportunity for you and your team to assess the positive changes that can be made on everyone’s behalf. It also points out the good that you’ve done.
Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking as it is. The last thing you want to worry about is harming your career in this kind of situation. To avoid coming of your review with your foot in your mouth, here are six things that should never be said during it:
How did I do?
Asking this is risky because you’re inviting someone to point out your flaws. You can still get a positive response but why take the chance if what they end up sharing with you is mostly negative? They’ll bring up anything they feel is necessary to so leave the questions to them.
How can I do things better?
This question also solicits extra criticism. Instead of asking them to tell you what you can do better, offer them your own ideas. Suggest ways that you can contribute more productively and improve the company as a whole.
I’ll work on that.
This doesn’t say much in terms of wanting to make efforts of improvement. When your supervisor points out an area that he or she would like you to work on, ask them how. Allow them to explain the direction they want to see you go in. This is your chance to get everything out on the table so don’t leave anything out. It’ll show that you’re genuinely interested and concerned with improving your performance.
Can I have a raise?
Performance reviews are not a time to ask for raises since it’s only a chance for you and your supervisor to sit down and reflect on things. A better time would be schedule a one-on-one appointment where you can make your points and discuss the issue of a raise specifically. The performance review is a great way to outline these points to bring up later.
I don’t feel challenged.
Even if you’re feeling bored you can still turn it into a positive outcome. Point out the things you’ve been able to do well and other areas that you can make more stimulating. You might want to demonstrate to your boss that you’re ready to take on new tasks and challenges, but make sure that you don’t mention wanting to relinquish any of your current responsibilities. You want them to see that you feel ready to tackle it all, not just the things you prefer.
A review is only successful when it’s interactive and you’re engaged in it. By not preparing for it you can expect things to not go as smoothly. Before your review you should conduct a self-review for any questions or concerns that come up. Without any feedback on your part, you’ll just seem indifferent to what they are saying to you. Competent employees have something to say for themselves, don’t give them the impression that you are otherwise with your silence.