Five tips to help you get the most out of your next appraisal

  • Keep a note as you go of what you are achieving/working on outside of your day to day role – it can be hard to remember all the great things you have achieved when you are looking back over the last 6-12 months so why not keep a note in a separate notebook as you go? Make a note of any projects you have worked on, presentations you have delivered, “value adds” you have worked on, process improvements you have suggested etc.
  • Create an email folder called “Praise” and keep any emails you receive that compliment your work – not only will this help boost your morale if you’re having a bad day but it means you have “ready to go” evidence of the good work you’re doing!
  • Block out time in your diary every week/fortnight especially to focus on the objectives that you/your manager set in your previous appraisal. Objectives are designed to challenge you and give you the opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities. As such, they are likely to be things that are above and beyond your day to day role and if you’re busy, they are the first things to fall by the wayside. Block out a bit of time each week or fortnight to specifically focus just on actioning your objectives and keep them on your desk so that you can often and easily refer to them.
  • Think about what’s important to you in your career and think carefully about how you can achieve that. Setting objectives is about you coming up with ideas, not just your manager making suggestions. Make your objectives realistic but challenging – ensuring they give you the scope to demonstrate your skillset and capability.
  • Remember an appraisal is a two-way process. It’s an opportunity to have an honest and open dialogue with your manager so listen and welcome any feedback they provide as well as you giving your opinion on how things have been going.