Almost all companies go through a review process to measure employee performance. Knowing this only happens once a year, I plan out my development to fit as much substance in a 12 month time-frame that I can. A higher year-end rating equates to a higher salary increase, which drives the incentive to do more. The hard part is formulating your wins in the right platform to receive the recognition you deserve.
This is something that took some serious finessing for me to figure out. At my current company, we have two touch points when it comes to employee reviews. In December, the department goals are shared for the upcoming year in which we align and pick a few to focus on. At mid-year we’ll meet with our boss and review how we’re tracking to these goals.
Without a doubt, year-end reviews are one of the most dreaded company processes among employees because you’re trying to compile all significant achievements (it seems daunting to remember 365 days worth) and you’re also forced to brag about yourself (#awkward). After doing a variety of different things for the past six years, I’ve figured out the top 3 that benefit my achievements the most.
- Keep a running draft of all accomplishments. I fill out an email in my drafts at the beginning of each year and keep track of any and everything on a weekly basis. I’ve gotten in the habit of remembering to fill it out whenever something noteworthy happens. For example: You make have headed a project and presented it to your department, maybe you saved the company X amount through your negotiation efforts on a specific product or you volunteered for a company event. Keep track of everything, you’re your own advocate and it will save you a lot of time at the end of the year.
- The Year of YES. I personally love the idea around this because it represents coming out of your comfort zone and not being afraid to try something new. (I’ve been using this in my personal life as well, kinda like a YOLO). At work, I want to take every opportunity I can, so when I’m asked to participate in an upcoming project or volunteer event, the answer is always yes. I may have a lot on my plate, but I’m being approached for a reason and I never want to lose that.
- Write your review like a story. I used to be a fan of bullet points, however your words are incredibly impactful when they’re presented in an organized and thoughtful way. It’s all about how you present it. For my review, it was personally important to separate my accomplishments that fall within my role and responsibilities and the ones I’ve accomplished that are above and beyond. This is so key. If you’re working to get a raise, promotion or recognition for what you’ve accomplished that sets you apart, you need to formulate it that way. Your reviewer will completely appreciate reading a document that flows. They’re reading multiple year-end reviews, so making it as clear as possible helps to separate the difference.
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB