Make your appraisal work for you

first_imgMake your appraisal work for youOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Doyou dread your annual appraisal? Well, it may surprise you to know that yourboss probably does too, writes Sue Clarke.Farfrom being a useful tool to gain feedback and motivation from your manager, thesystem often fails both employees and organisations. Thebiggest problem, according to research by the Institute for Employment Studies(IES), is that objectives of appraisals are not understood by the participants,with managers often lacking the skills and motivation to make them work.‘Inpractice, appraisals can too frequently be stale, artificial or overloaded withbureaucracy,’ says Richard Pearson, director of the IES.Ifthis sounds all too familiar then maybe it’s time to take control. Your boss mayview your appraisal as just another chore but if you go into that meeting wellprepared you could improve your working life, enhance communications betweenyou and your manager and demonstrate your worth as an employee.Whatshould an appraisal be?JennyDaisley, chief executive of Springboard Consultancy, a company that specialisesin personal development training, believes an effective appraisal should bebased on an assertive conversation.‘Toooften the appraisee feels they have too much to lose by being too open, but tobe effective there must be an assertive conversation, where each side is openand honest about how they feel,’ she explains. Whenyou have an appraisal with your boss, Springboard recommends you should:GopreparedHavea sense of all you have done well in the period being assessed and also whereyou could have done better. Think about what you want to achieve and then agreeit with your manager.Askfor helpIfyou have not achieved as much as you or your manager have expected, askyourself why. You may need to make it clear to your boss that you need supportbe it from colleagues, extra staff or your manager. Could training help youmeet your goals? Remember, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, itdemonstrates that you care about your job and your career.Appraiseyour managerUseyour appraisal to feed back on the way you have been managed. It should neverbe confrontational or personal. But if you feel you have been managed badly usespecific examples. However do not build up a list of complaints to take to yourappraisal. Address problems when they arise and use the appraisal as a summary.Don’tdiscuss salary Bearin mind that an appraisal should be about making plans for the future. It mayalso focus on difficulties you have had in your job and there is a danger inmixing these up with an appeal for more money.Listen Findout what your manager’s needs are. He or she may not be a good communicator andyou may need to probe to find out what the underlying needs are.Itmay be that the company has financial problems and has to cut budgets. How canyou help with that? Jobs grow and change all the time and just because you havea job description, that is not necessarily all that you do. Try and find outfrom your manager what is it that the business needs to achieve and how you canplay a part in it.Withthanks to totaljobs.comlast_img read more