How to survive my work self-evaluation?
April 15, 2009 9:23 AM Subscribe
Help me survive my performance review! I have to complete an extensive self-evaluation form for my boss, and it’s freaking me out. What would make this an easier and less anxiety-inducing experience?
posted by gingerbeer to work & money (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This is my first annual review at this job. I work for a non-profit organization with offices scattered all over the country. I love this job, and I am in fact good at it, but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to fill out this form and evaluate myself. I have a few specific challenges, and I’m hoping the wisdom of the hivemind will come up with some advice for me.
- Self-evaluation makes me feel profoundly insecure and unhappy. Yes, this is my problem. Yes, I need to work on it. I'm not getting that sorted out before I have to turn in this form, though. I have a hard time taking credit for things I do well, or saying good things about myself and my work. It feels like bragging and makes me deeply uncomfortable. I do know that I do a good job, but I have a hard time saying that, especially in the context of a performance review. I am much harder on myself than anyone else is, and can find "room for improvement" even in the things at which I excel. How do I manage to be honest and not too self-deprecating? How can I keep my insecurities and self-judgment from making me sound like an incompetent loser on this form?
- My direct supervisor is in a different part of the country. I see him every couple of months or so for work meetings. He never sees me working, interacting with our constituents or partners, or doing any of my other duties. He’s not a content specialist, either, so I rarely discuss the content of my work with him. How do I accurately convey to him how well I’m doing in this job, or where I need to improve, when he doesn’t have much to go on other than what I say?
- Related to that, the only co-worker I have regular contact with is my admin assistant. I’m still getting a sense of the agency culture and norms, and don’t have much exposure to the rest of the organization. How do I know how I compare to agency norms for productivity or collegiality, when I have only a faint idea of what those norms are?
What are the tactics or tips you’ve used to get through evaluations or performance reviews, especially if you have a hard time saying nice things about yourself or are isolated from the rest of your organization and its culture?