Recharging your mid-year review
At this time of year many companies hold their mid-year reviews. If you have one scheduled in the near future, or even if it’s not for a few months, it’s a good idea to be well prepared and ready to discuss any issues, your performance and your expectations with your boss.
Reviews are a great way for you to demonstrate the benefits you bring to your company. It’s important to take charge of them early on, rather than dread the very idea of them. This article will help you to get your review working for you.
Mid-year, and indeed end of year, reviews are a great way to take stock of where you are in your career and the impact and effect you have on your business. But it is important that this is not the only time that you communicate openly with your manager. Regular updates and appraisals throughout the year, as well as discussions regarding any problems or successes, will ensure that there are no surprises revealed during your review that could have been dealt with at a more appropriate time.
The most important thing to do in the lead up to a review is get prepared. Take an hour or two, sit down in a quiet space and really think about your work, your performance and your own job satisfaction.
Keep notes and make lists. Don’t rely on your memory, because once you are sitting in front of your manager it will be easy to forget an important detail or get side tracked on a different issue. Here are some ways to get prepared.
- Ask yourself these questions before your review
What do you think are your managers expectations of you?
Have you met those expectations?
What do you think is their assessment of your achievements?
Will their assessment align with yours? If they don’t line up, why and how, do you explain it?
These are questions your manager will ask, so if you have thought about it ahead you will be ready with your answers and can talk through any issues that arose that prevented you from achieving your aims.
- Write a list of your accomplishments over the months since your last review
What have you done well? How have you helped the company, your colleagues and your manager? What helped you to succeed? What were your original goals for this year and how/why have they changed? Can you put a monetary value on how your achievements have helped the business? If so, then be sure to include it as it can be helpful for future salary negotiations.
- Write a list of areas where your performance could have been better
Think about potential solutions that could prevent, avoid or improve any performance issues. Don’t avoid or shy away from these problems, share and speak up. Perhaps you find it hard to work from home without a dedicated workspace. Maybe you have found it difficult to get your team working cohesively while you are all in different places. Discussing these issues will show that you are not only aware of the problems, you are working in a positive way to improve them.
- Write suggestions for resources and support
If you believe that certain support or resources would help you to either overcome issues or simply to improve your own or your team’s performance let your manager know. They want to help you to be more productive, so if you have a solution, it’s a win-win for everyone.
Remember a review is not just a meeting for you to sit and be judged. This is chance for you to have your voice heard, to speak up about your achievements and to suggest improvements to help you to do your job better.
Your career and your performance in your role has a huge impact on your life, from your financial well-being, to your mental health, happiness and of course your family. So, approach your review seriously. You work hard and your review is your time to shine. Speak up about what you have done and how good you are at your job. Remember if you don’t tell your manager how great you are, no one else will. So don’t hide your light and don’t let anyone else steal your thunder. Be loud and proud and remind your manager why you are the best person for your job.