Annual performance reviews are nerve wracking experiences.
Eilene Zimmerman, writing for The New York Times, answers some common questions about how to handle the meeting:
Q. How should I prepare for this meeting?
A. Start by making a list of your responsibilities at work and writing your own performance review in each of those areas. Thinking through how you’ve done will prevent you from overreacting to feedback because you will know what to expect.
Annual reviews give you the chance to discuss and formulate goals for the next year. Before the meeting, write down the goals you envision for yourself. As you think about your work over the last year, try to anticipate anything negative that may come up in the review. Prepare for it by looking over old notes and e-mails to remember specific situations and your actions and behavior at the time. Good preparation will reduce anxiety. (more…)