8 Tips for Getting a Great Performance Review at Work

Getting a performance review to be proud of is more complicated than showing up on time, These tips for getting a great performance review at work may be your ticket to a promotion or raise…

Before the career tips, a quip:

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.  If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”  ~ Howard Aiken.

Working as a team is one of the best ways to get a great performance review at work, but you don’t have to let your coworkers steal your thunder. If you need help talking about your achievements (especially if you’re an introvert at work), read Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It.

And, check out these general, long-term career tips for getting a great employee evaluation…

8 Tips for Getting a Great Performance Review at Work

If you’d like more specific tips for performance appraisals, let me know in the comments section below. This is more general career advice, but I’d be happy to get specific!

1. Assess your recent work accomplishments. When was the last time you achieved something at work that you’re proud of? What was that project or task? If you haven’t accomplished anything recently, then be proactive about finding responsibilities that challenge you. Take a look at your job description, and figure out what’s outdated and what you’d like to add. This is a great topic for discussion during your performance review.

2. Be as positive as possible, regardless of the situation at work. Whether you’re getting bad news during your employee evaluation or dealing with difficult coworkers every day, you need to keep a cheerful, friendly, positive attitude. Negativity drains energy, makes it difficult to successfully negotiate conflict at work, and decreases your job performance. Be slow to criticize or judge your clients, employees, or couriers – whether it’s to their faces or behind their backs.

3. Prioritize your “to-do” list at work — and do the most important things first. Yes, you have a million things to do and a hundred clients to please and at least one difficult boss to placate, and everybody’s screaming “Give me attention now!!” To get ahead at work and achieve your career goals, prioritize your tasks from the most to least important. This doesn’t mean you always have to do the most important tasks first; in fact, taking care of the easier tasks (eg, filing paperwork or watering plants), can be an excellent way to take a break from your more stressful job responsibilities.

4. Sharpen your networking skills — especially if you have introverted personality traits. Introverts may need to force themselves to network, but networking with peers is one of the best ways to learn valuable information, stay connected to colleagues and mentors, and improve work relationships. Plus, a characteristic of a good employee is the ability to bring in new business and get along with clients, which is easier when you know how to network.

If you’re not ace at networking, read Networking Tips for Introverted People – From Meetings to Marketing.

5. Master the fundamental aspects of your job. What are the basic requirements of your job description? Learn and master those. And, become adept at the small-but-crucial parts of being a great person to work with. For instance, an overlooked but often discussed item during a performance appraisal is the ability to show up at work, meetings, and workshops on time. Another important part of the job is asking for support if you can’t meet your deadlines. Be the employee you’d be glad to hire, supervise, and promote.

6. Express your interest in more challenging work responsibilities. A performance appraisal is a great time to send feelers out for a possible job promotion. Are you hoping to one day move into a different office, or your supervisor’s position? If your evaluation is going well, take the opportunity to express your eagerness to move your career to the next level.

7. Polish your job skills. If your biggest qualification for your job is that you’ve been doing it for ten years, consider taking a refresher, such as a job training course. Adult education classes or night school can improve your job performance, which will help you achieve your career goals. Professional workshops and work retreats can also help you network with other professionals, suss out new job opportunities, and improve your self-confidence at work. This all increases the chances of a great employee evaluation!

8. Stay as healthy as possible. Are you tired, sick, or absent often? Your performance review might reflect your health — even if you’re doing a great job at work! Take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious food, and exercise regularly. Deal with your mental, emotional, or spiritual issues; don’t ignore your problems. Great employees are balanced in most areas of their lives.

If you plan on leaving your job if you don’t get a good performance review, read How to Quit Your Job When You’re Scared.

If you have any thoughts on these tips for getting a great performance review at work, please comment below…

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3 thoughts on “8 Tips for Getting a Great Performance Review at Work”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comments.

    Ivan, congratulations on your performance review; I’m glad it went so well.

    Ally, performance reviews at work can be very stressful, even if you’ve had great ones in the past. I hope yours goes well — and I admire your perspective that they are helpful for your long-term career goals!

  2. I dread my annual performance reviews, but they aren’t ever as bad as I think! it helps to remember that it’s for your long-term career. If you’re just in it for the money, if it’s just a job, then performance reviews aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.