Self Assessments are an important component to employee performance appraisals, but being able to describe your performance using the right words can be difficult. When giving yourself a self assessment, it’s important to remember to be as constructive as possible. Avoid being overly critical, and overly confident. Try be as realistic and truthful about your objectives, as there is no use pretending your performance was perfect. Self assessments can be difficult to complete, as employees may feel that they are being incompetent or inefficient . However, it's important to understand your key strengths and weaknesses.
There are a number of ways to identify you can effectively identify your strengths and weaknesses:
A good starting point is to write everything that you do done.
Spend a week writing down all the activities and roles you fulfill at work throughout a given day. give them a rating (e.g. 1=didn’t enjoy the activity, 5=thoroughly enjoyed the activity). By journaling what you do, it makes you more self aware and can be reflective towards your strengths and weaknesses. The more you know, the better.
Identify your core values
Understand your beliefs that shape how you think about yourself, others, and the world around you. These values are fundamental to the way you approach life. Take the time reflecting your values and how they relate to your work. This will help you identify aspect in your professional life that are relate to your personal values.
- Think about the professional people you respect.
- Imagine you could change one thing about your current profession? What would you change and why?
- Remember one moment where you were completely satisfied with the outcome. What was that moment and why were you satisfied? what were your managers and coworkers comments?
understand themes and patterns.
Once you have a good understanding of your values and your activities, try link them to repeat events in your workplace. For example, if you admire Elon Musk or Steve jobs, perhaps you value ambition, ingenuity, innovation. Try link these to daily tasks. How do these values reflect in your daily tasks and how can you go about changing tasks that reflect what is important to you. From here, it’s easy to identify your weak areas you need to improve to realise your values and goals in life.
Have an open discussion with you manager to get real insights from another perspective and set objectives and goals, so you can create a roadmap to assist you in achieving personal and professional growth that align with the overall goals of the company.