- 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.
- 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