Employee Self-Appraisal Tips

Brainstorm a list of accomplishments before completing a self-appraisal.

Brainstorm a list of accomplishments before completing a self-appraisal.

Sometimes it's hard to honestly evaluate yourself, especially if you tend to be your own worst critic. If your employer wants you to participate in a personal work performance evaluation, be prepared to complete a self-appraisal form or submit a written work appraisal. Depending on his management style, your boss might want to discuss the self-appraisal and offer his assessment of your performance. Even though the process might seem a little intimidating, use the opportunity to focus on achievements and remind your boss of the value you add to the company.

Brainstorm Accomplishments

Before you fill out a self-appraisal form or write a personal evaluation, brainstorm a list of work-related accomplishments. Ask your spouse or partner to help with the list since he might remember achievements you don't, and he'll likely be less critical of your performance. Focus on tangible accomplishments such as project completions, personal contributions and positive feedback from clients. "Inside NUA," a weekly newsletter for the faculty and staff at Northern Arizona University, encourages self-appraisers to use the pronoun "I" when writing the evaluation, avoid slang terminology and avoid unprofessional language such as "I rocked on that assignment." Keep the appraisal simple, concise and clear.

Give Specific Examples

Without giving lengthy details of people or situations, provide specific examples of how you performed your responsibilities, according to your job description. For example, if you're a marketing director, cite specific public relations events you sponsored or list magazine publications you created. If you're a math teacher, list specific strategies you incorporated into your curriculum or list math competitions your students attended. A vague self-appraisal might give your employer reason to think that you didn't accomplish much.

Review Goals Objectively

Creating an honest self-appraisal requires you to be as objective and realistic as possible. There's a strong possibility that you didn't accomplish every single goal set for you, but you likely met many of your goals. Don't be afraid to write a positive report about your job performance, as long as you worked hard and satisfied the job requirements. According to the human resources department at the University of California in Berkeley, employees have a tendency to rate themselves consistently lower than their supervisors rate them. Compare your performance to the expectations, standards and goals that were defined when you accepted the job.

Future Performance

Discuss ways you and your employer might work together to improve your job performance. Improvements might include advanced training opportunities, continued education coursework or professional development classes. If there were shortcomings, identify ways to increase productivity, meet deadlines on time or improve customer satisfaction. If some work-related issues were beyond your control, discuss policy or procedure changes that might make future goals attainable.

 

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