Self Assessment Tips! Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Happy Monday Everyone!
Self assessments are coming up fast, so I went ahead and dug up this list of tips Rick posted from last year to help encourage us to take our time, and get the most out of our assessments!
The self-assessment is a critical tool for fostering conversation and improving communication with your managers and peers.
The self-assessment lets the employee discuss what important projects have been completed, share new skills and techniques acquired and remind employers of all the great work they have done since the last performance review.
A self-assessment is also the perfect opportunity for employees to show their managers that they understand where they can improve. While no one likes to point out areas of weakness, some employers have more respect for their staff members who are able to honestly assess their shortcomings. Employees who think they are doing great in all areas of their job are often too shortsighted to understand that, in reality, they are not meeting expectations.
Writing a self-assessment
Writing a self-evaluation can be a difficult process for many employees. Despite knowing themselves and their work better than anyone, employees can struggle to summarize it in a way that comes off as objective. Here are a few tips to help you with your assessment.
The main goal of the self-evaluation is to highlight your accomplishments. Employees need to ensure that the work they are most proud of is highlighted in their self-evaluation. When describing those accomplishments, employees should be sure to emphasize the impact each of those achievements had on the business as a whole.
While employees might be inclined to write about each step of the successful project or task, it's best to be brief. The work should stand on its own. This is just a time to make sure the boss remembers that the employee did it.
Honesty is another critical aspect of writing a self-review. It's more than likely that the boss knows when a good job was done, so trying to highlight a project or task that was just OK, rather than great, won't have much impact. In fact, it likely will show the people in charge that the employee doesn't truly have a grasp on his or her own performance or understand the difference between satisfactory performance and truly exceptional work.
Finally, if your performance review or self-assessment reveals weaknesses that may be holding you back, don't be afraid to ask for help. Like admitting your weaknesses, asking for constructive feedback from managers can help cultivate strong work relationships.