In most companies, performance reviews begin with an employee self assessment of his or her performance and contribution. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of writing the self assessment and meeting deadlines, and employees sometimes lose sight of the fact that the most important aspect of the self assessment is the content, information that the manager needs to access their employees achievements over the year.
Managers will ask employees to complete a self assessment in order to gauge a better understanding of how the employee sees him or herself. From here, a manager can correlate his performance review to the employee's self assessment.
Its vital that employees are as specific about their accomplishments as possible. where concrete examples are not feasible, try use some “softer measures” such as comments from internal customers, buy in from users, and satisfied employees. Avoid vague words like “I was outstanding” or “I excelled at this”. Use factual words, such as the outcome was achieved because it was the deadline was reached. its met budgets and the client was impressed.
If you’re uncomfortable about boasting about your own performance, let other boast for you. Get customers to write up a small testimonial about your performance or get some of your team members to write you a review.
Don’t be afraid to say when something doesn't go well. take responsibility for what you didn't do well, or a goal you might have missed. It’s demonstrates to your manager that you took ownership and that you are self aware. It’ll also make the discussion with your manager go much smoother with your manager.
Also, Ask for what you want regarding career development in the coming year. Don't ask for a particular job, but rather ask for way to expand your skills and leverage your strengths. Taking classes and seminars is fine but deep learning comes from new responsibilities and work experiences.
Self assessments allow employees to reflect the accomplishments and key learnings over the past year. It gives employees a better understanding into their roles at work and how they are going about achieving their goals and objectives. It also gives managers key insights into how each one of their employees perceives themselves. If specific patterns appear in self assessments, managers can rectifiy and solve problems quickly and effectively.