When it comes to work evaluation, annual performance review seems to be a daunting agenda for most employees. Employees even consider the session as the ‘judgement day’ as they will be criticized for their lack of performance at work. Such thoughts could be emerged owing to the fact that deep down, an employee might realized that they have not done their best to deliver expected results and are afraid of getting scolded by the higher-ups for that. If this happens to you, instead of waiting for your supervisor to tell your mistakes, then why don’t you take one step ahead? Why don’t you conduct your own self-evaluation long before anyone criticize your performance, and maybe, improve on your performance before actual ‘judgement day’ come?
Self-evaluation is a crucial thing to do, Be it in terms of personal or professional matter. With a self-evaluation, you can analyse, take a note, and solve your own problems as you will be your own judge before anyone else. This method will also help you discover tiny gaps that might stain your performance review reports and fix them right away. Additionally, self-evaluation can be a good measurement to gauge your current achievements.
These questions would help you jot down a meaningful self-assessment:
1. How does my team see me?
It is crucial to take a note of what your coworkers say about your performance and attitude at work, because they are your closest circle of interaction. Instead of seeing criticism as an offense to let you down, you should take it as a constructive feedback that will help you evaluate your own quality. Only by doing so, you can fix the mistake and improve yourself. Constructive feedback, is constructive!
2. Can I learn from my coworker?
To assess your skills and capability, you can compare yourself with coworkers on the same position and level. Look out and observe your surroundings to see if there is someone who you think perform better than you. Observe the way they work and compare with your own method to see if you can learn better strategy from them. Having this kind of role model also motivates you to compete and exceed your current self. Always adapt and innovate, if you don’t, you will be left behind.
3. What is my weakness?
Be it job-related skills or behavior, you must find out your weakness and deal with it. If it is related to knowledge and skill, you can invest in training and development such as taking online courses or pursuing formal education. If it is related to your attitude, you can always ask for advice from your supervisor or coworkers you can trust. Weakness are opportunity for growth, but if only its related to your work. If not, better focus on being the best at what you good at, because if you only focus on being good at what your bad at, you will only be ‘good’. Forget being ‘good’, aim for being the absolute ‘BEST’.
4. What is my best achievement so far?
From time to time, it is important to appreciate yourself by saying “Congrats! You have done well” to yourself. If you think you have not done anything, then you should try to remember the best achievement you have made at work, even in the past. This will help self-motivate while reminding yourself that if you can achieve that in the past, then why not now?
Keep records of your achievement carefully and also proof of your achievement.
5. What wastes my time so much?
Productivity and efficiency is all about time management. You should check how you manage your time and find if there is any hole in it. Do your best to avoid any unimportant and menial activities which will make you waste your precious time, especially at work.
Time management is about prioritization of task, but necessarily about time allocation.
6. How far have I run?
Everyone should have a specific goal in their career journey. Such goal is vital to help them focus and keep their steps in the right track. Every now and then, you should evaluate how far you have run and see whether you have been closer to your goals, or got farther instead.
Make a plan and work the plan.
7. If I were my boss, will I fire or promote me?
Good question to ponder about…
This question will help you see from other perspective and not being selfish. You should not only think about your own sake and what is good for you. Sometimes, you need to see yourself from your boss’ eyes. Consider what your boss want from you if you were him.