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10 tips for making self-evaluations meaningful

Rich Hein | April 11, 2013
Whether you're a manager or employee, reviews aren't a particularly popular subject and with them comes the often-despised self-evaluation. You may ask yourself: "How can I shine the best spotlight on my performance without coming off like a braggart?" And you also may justifiably wonder, "What is it used for." Never fear: We've talked with experts and done the research to take the mystery out of this oft-misused piece of HR paperwork.

"If I'm doing an annual review and we're off this much that tells me that we're not talking and putting in place corrective actions and adjustments throughout the course of the year," says Reed.

Ask for Guidance, Direction and Mentoring

There are businesses and managers out there who never offer feedback or performance reviews. If your employer refuses to give any kind of feedback, Roccia says, you may want to question if you are in the right environment.

"Employees need feedback and need to know how they are doing. I've heard managers whose style is 'if you're not hearing anything from me you're doing a good job' but I don't subscribe to that management style. In fact, I would send that manager to management training," says Roccia.

That said, you should try opening a dialogue with your boss to set up a schedule for review and assessment. Myers advises that you get your boss on board. "Try talking your boss into having meetings every month or so. Ask for guidance, direction and mentoring," says Myers. However, if he/she refuses to budge, the experts agree, it may be time to look for greener pastures.

The same goes when applying for jobs. "If you're applying for a job where the boss says 'forget it, that's a waste of time,' I suggest you go find another job. Who wants a boss who refuses to give feedback and guidance throughout the year," says Myers.


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