Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Performance Reviews

Dear Jocelyn,

They are restructuring in my company this upcoming fiscal year, that starts in July. I work in a different office than my direct supervisor and have little contact with him. For this reason, I have no way of knowing how my performance is perceived. Going into a time of uncertainty in the workplace in this economy is fairly scary, so would it be appropriate to ask for a performance review or something of that nature? I've been working here for 3 years (1.5 years in the new office) and have never had a performance review or any feedback.
     - A Concerned Employee

Dear Concerned,
It is certainly appropriate to ask for a performance review, especially after 3 years at a company. Performance reviews are an excellent way to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and identify goals for your continued employment. Additionally, if your performance has been excellent and your supervisor is made aware of that fact, it might help when the layoffs occur.

The best way to do this is to contact your supervisor and simply tell him you are interested in receiving a performance review so you can learn how to improve your work. Ask if he is able to do it, and if not, who might best handle it. You might also ask coworkers who have been at the company for longer for advice on how to obtain a performance review. Once you have scheduled the meeting, research good questions to ask. You might also find it helpful to begin looking at what other jobs are available – it never hurts to be aware of the job market if there are impending layoffs.

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