Self-assessment gives employees the opportunity to share with their managers what they’ve done since their last appraisal interview, how they’ve handled certain tasks, what areas they would like to improve in and how their supervisors can help them. Most of the professionals we speak with have employee responsibility, so today we want to give you some tips on how to write your self-assessment. Because this is important for both the appraiser and the appraised.
The goal of a self or employee review is to remind the employer how hard you’ve worked in the past year. Most managers have several employees who work for them and provide feedback, so it’s difficult for the manager to remember exactly which employee did what work. Surely they have some idea of what their employees are doing and what projects they are working on. Employee self-assessments, however, ensure that each individual’s hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
It’s also a perfect way for employees to show their managers where there is room for improvement in their own performance. In addition, one’s own expectations can be compared with the expectations of their manager, regarding specific work and desired results. If the employee’s assessment differs in a particular area, then this review is the perfect time to re-align expectations, so that they can be met next time.
Nevertheless, it is not easy to write a self-assessment. Every employee knows his job and his work best, but it’s still difficult to summarize this on a piece of paper – and to find the right amount of self-praise.
We have a few tips for you on how to balance your self-assessment:
- Use as many facts as possible: avoid expressions like “I am a team player”. Instead, give specific examples of situations in which you have demonstrated team spirit.
- Be as objective as possible: talk about tangible results you have achieved in your work. Where could you make a difference? How much did you participate in the final result?
- Be honest: your manager will be informed about the really good projects. So don’t try to praise a project in the sky that was only alright. Use your self-assessment to ask your boss about career opportunities.
- Be Professional: A self-assessment is not meant to be a time to criticize anyone, so keep your personal opinion to yourself.
- Keep an Open Dialogue: Use your self-assessment as a way to be valued by others and to show how much you can get involved.
- Ask yourself the difficult questions: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What can you do to improve your performance?
- Talk about your career plan: Your self-assessment should not only revolve around your job, but also your longer-term career plan.
- Stay Positive: Ford Myers, author of the book “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring”, says that 90% of self-assessment should be positive comments and 10% change commentary. Use this 10% to design your own plan, where and how you can evolve.
- Ask for training: Once you have defined the areas in which you want to improve, then ask about appropriate training measures.
- Demand leadership, guidance and mentoring: Talk to your boss about regular appraisal interviews. Convince him that monthly meetings make sense.