THE WHY’S AND HOW’S OF SELF EVALUATION
Self-evaluations are an integral component of professional development. Annual self-evaluations are not only beneficial for the employees but also give a chance to the managers to get a grasp over performance of their team.
Self-evaluation, often referred to as self-appraisal or self – assessment is a way for employees to reflect upon their own strengths and shortcomings. It refers to review your progress, development and accomplishments in order to gain a fair idea of the areas that can be improvised upon. Simply put, it is the way of finding out where you currently stand. It is an amalgam of self-introspection and constructive feedback.
This leads us to the tricky question of HOW to self-evaluate and write a self-assessment. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to nail the next self-assessment:
- KEEP TRACK OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
You can simply not expect your manager to remember all the goals achieved by every single person. The best way to keep your supervisor informed is by keeping a checklist of the things you have accomplished. When highlighting those achievements, lay emphasis on how those achievements have had an impact on the business.
- FORMULATE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR CAREER MAP
Pin down your long-term career plan (for the next few months or till the next performance review), in which you outline the specific goals that need to be met. Also make sure that you communicate and share your ideas with your manager to remain in-sync with the company’s goals. Also, employees shouldn’t just say things their boss wants to hear and present their own perspective and viewpoint.
- QUESTION YOURSELF
This being the most crucial step in the self-evaluation involves estimating your current position. It can be done by asking yourself questions like,
- How well have your results met the client/business expectations?
- Do the results fall parallel to the plan you or your manager formulated?
- Have you been able to complete the given tasks well within the time allotted?
- SELF CRITIQUE AND DEAL WITH YOUR SHORTCOMINGS
Mentioning your shortcomings can be slightly uncomfortable but can be dealt with by being proactive and taking responsibility for the projects which you were not able to perfect. Make use of developmental language throughout.
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, if you find that there are certain areas to work upon. Self-analyze and self-critique, and remember – there is always room for improvement.
- BE OPEN TO FEEDBACK
One can’t help but be slightly biased towards themselves, so make it a point to remain open minded while receiving feedback from those around you. This will enable you to get clear picture of where you were, where you are right now and where you want to be. Nothing annoys a manager more than an employee who comes up with excuses. If there happen to be any tasks which were left incomplete, then do hold yourself accountable.
- SEEK ASSISSTANCE IF NECESSARY
Once you have been able to figure out the areas you need to expand, the next step would be to find ways of doing it. Ask for assistance or mentoring from someone who can help you to channelize your strengths. Your willingness to take direction and feedback, exhibits your desire to grow as an employee.
- USE PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR BETTER ASSESMENT
Psychological questionnaires and tests such as the Myers-Briggs Test and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter help individuals to understand the key aspects of their personalities. They will also help one to gain an insight about their strengths and weaknesses.
Self-evaluation can be consuming in many ways. Keep a positive attitude and stay motivated.You are likely to come across a lot of shortcomings that you have. When mentioning the weaknesses while self-evaluating, put them forth as opportunities for improvement. The key is to take this activity seriously and the above mentioned points will surely help you decode it!