Do you have a performance review coming up? Your boss may want to discuss your sales processes, productivity or other important topics. It’s important to come prepared so you can make the most of the conversation. This is your chance to showcase your recent accomplishments, talk about your goals for the future and bring up any challenges you may be facing.   

Just like bosses prepare for performance reviews, employees should also go into the meeting prepared. In this issue of PromoPro Daily, we highlight a post from the Upwork blog on what to do before a performance review. Read on for some tips you can use to walk into your boss’s office with confidence.

Know the steps involved. What’s the timeline and format of the performance review? Do you need to follow any specific guidelines? If you’re unsure about something, the Upwork post recommends getting clarification from your boss or the HR department.

Review your job description. This can help remind you of improvement areas and where you have excelled. According to the post, this step is also important if you’ve taken on new responsibilities or learned new skills since your last review. When meeting with your boss, you can highlight your growth and development.

Make a list of questions. Don’t just wing it when your boss asks if you have any questions. Instead, develop some questions in advance so you’re not thinking of something on the fly. The Upwork post says you may want to ask if you should take any specific actions to improve your performance. You could also inquire about your company’s goals and how you can contribute to them.

Showcase your achievements. One of the best ways to do this, according to the post, is to collect feedback from your clients or co-workers. Save those kind e-mails you receive – you can use them to demonstrate the value you bring to your organization.

Ask for feedback, and be willing to hear it. When your boss talks about improvement areas or failings, stay open to this constructive feedback. You can use it to learn and grow in your role. The Upwork post says feedback is an opportunity to set new goals and make positive changes in your work habits.

Don’t stress about an upcoming performance review. Instead, take some time to prepare by understanding the review process, going back over your job description and coming up with some questions in advance. Make sure you also list out your achievements and stay receptive to constructive feedback.

Compiled by Audrey Sellers
Source: The Upwork team for the Upwork blog.