The time for annual performance review discussions with your boss is getting closer. Have you prepared for that conversation?
Preparation for the performance review should start months in advance. The key to success is in how well you have documented and tracked your accomplishments over the preceding year. Armed with hard evidence of how your efforts impacted company performance, bottom line earnings, and job efficiency will give you solid footing when making the case for that promotion or raise you want.
As important as it is to be prepared with positive proof of your performance, it is also important to be prepared in responding to mistakes that were made. Mistakes will be made, it happens to everyone. How you respond to those mistakes and take ownership will make all the difference to your boss. Be aware of negative feedback you may receive and take ownership for mistakes made. Listen to your boss and be prepared to share what you learned from the experience as well as solutions implemented to minimize future recurrence.
In short, don’t expect your boss to know everything you have done throughout the year. After all, if you don’t toot your own horn, who is going to do it for you? This simple approach gives you an edge and will let the boss know you take your career seriously.