Pre-Hire Event:

  • Know thyself:  What you offer, what you need.
  • Learn mission, vision and values of organization.
  • Get a clear understanding of your department’s role in the organization.
  • Make a point to develop a relationship with your boss — learn as much as you can.
  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of your job — determine the critical parts of your job.
  • Get all the information you need to do your job.
  • Make sure you have the tools necessary to do your job well.

Post-Hire Event:

  • Attend orientation.
  • Get a copy of the employer’s performance appraisal form and process.
  • Get to know your co-workers.
  • Ask for training that you need.
  • Be productive as soon as you can.

Preventing Poor Performance Reviews/Enhance Your Career by Managing Your Performance*

What to do at the start of the process:

  • Identify/write the critical goals you will be working on.
  • Clarify priorities with your boss.
  • Discuss development opportunities with your boss.

What to do throughout the year:

  • Work on your goals.
  • Solicit performance updates from your boss.
  • Keep your boss aware of the status of your work.
  • Track your achievements — keep accomplishments and positive feedback file.

What to do to get ready for the formal performance appraisal meeting:

  • Review your performance/accomplishments over the year.
  • Complete a self-appraisal.
  • Think about suggestions for your position/goals/development plan for the next performance management cycle.
  • Prepare for the meeting mentally — gird yourself for unexpected criticism.

What to do at the formal performance discussion:

  • Listen and respond professionally to your supervisor’s perceptions and feedback.
  • Be ready to discuss your self-appraisal.
  • Discuss what you can contribute to next year — find out your boss’ goals.
  • Be an active, calm participant in the meeting.

* Source:  Performance Management:  Emerging Trends/Best Practices/New Directions – A Special Presentation by Dick Grote to the SHRM Annual Conference, June 27, 1999

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