Performance Reviews: Don't Panic
Thursday, September 04, 2014
When performance reviews are coming up (and they always are, right?)
the way to prepare for them is to pay attention, not stress out! They’re
an opportunity to look back at the work you’ve done and look forward to
what you hope to accomplish in the next year.
Your Job: Described
Pull out your job
description and read through it. Remember what was going on when it was
last revised? What needs did your organization or department have at
that time that helped direct that description?
If the job you’re
doing is in some ways different from the job described, expect that that
will be part of the conversation. What factors contributed to those
changes? In the next year, do you think what you’re doing would change
more, or would the job description change more? You won’t decide this,
alone, but your perspective is important, and it’s something you should
Your Institution: Assigned
position has duties as assigned, but your institution also has assigned
goals and strategies to reach them. Another way to get ready for your
performance review is to think about ways you can connect your work to
the organization’s goals.
If cost efficiency is part of your
organizational values, for example, talk about the inexpensive CE you’ve
used or ways you’ve helped keep an eye on material costs. Share a time
you helped find a positive solution in a difficult customer service
Showing an interest and familiarity with your
institution’s goals is a good way to show that you’re interested in the
institution’s performance as well as your own.
These are some fine starting points, but to “Hit the
Jackpot with your Performance Review,” come to the fall Staff
Training Symposium on October 22nd. Beth Rumple, Deputy
Director at Greene County Public Library, will share an HR
professional’s perspective on performance reviews and answer your
Don’t roll the dice. Prepare for your review and you’re
prepared to succeed.
- Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology
Training Symposium: Early Bird Pricing!
19th, early bird pricing is available for the Staff Training
Symposium. Join us at the Main Branch of the Boone County Public Library
for a full day of sessions designed to help you look back at the work
you’ve done and look ahead to what you plan to accomplish.