Appraisal time usually starts after the end of each financial year, ie, after March onward. It’s a very critical time for working professionals as well as the organizations as the employees are awarded with a salary hike based on their previous year’s performance.
Most people tend to get very nervous around the time of appraisal meetings, even the ones who have outperformed well beyond the expectations of the company. Part of this nervousness has to do with the fact that most of us aren’t exactly trained as to what we should talk about during the appraisal discussions. There’s no predefined set of rules that can guide us in achieving our desired expectations from the organization.
In this article, we are going to discuss 3 easy tips that you can follow right around the time of your appraisal. These have been taken from individuals who have successfully gotten through their appraisal meetings with exactly what they had expected. So, without further ado, let’s begin!
1. Assess Yourself Through A Self-Appraisal
One of the most powerful ways to develop confidence for your appraisal meeting is to analyze your annual performance by yourself well in advance. Just stay honest with yourself and summarize your accomplishments based on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that were decided during the beginning of the financial year.
Your KPI includes the predefined targets that you were supposed to meet during the year, your learning and contributions to the organizations, and several other accomplishments that you have achieved on your own.
A quick self-analysis of your performance will go a long way in preparing you for the big meeting.
2. Engage In A Positive Participation
On the appraisal meeting day, ensure that your day begins with a positive start and continues like that for the rest of the day. Don’t let negative emotions anywhere near that day. Always remember: Positivity Bolsters Confidence!
Even during the appraisal meeting, try to be confident in asserting your performance but don’t push your claims too hard. Try your best to mutually agree on your achievements and remember to list down the areas of improvements for the upcoming year. This burst of confidence will certainly have a positive impact on your manager and you’ll be able to present your accomplishments perfectly.
3. Discuss Your Future Plans
After everything is said and done concerning your appraisal, it’s always a very professional move to discuss your action plan for the coming year and what support you are going to need from your manager. This is important for mainly two reasons. First, by setting up the future goals right after your appraisal, you send a message to your manager that you are fully dedicated to improving yourself within the organization. Second, your seriousness for improving yourself and your organization will go a long way in creating a positive impact on your manager with regards to appraisal.
Always remember to be reasonable with your expectations. After all, you deserve that raise. All the best!