Randstad Canada provides useful tips to make the most of your annual performance evaluation
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - It's that time of year when many
employers conduct their annual performance reviews. While many
employees dread the ritual of sitting down with their manager to
evaluate their performance, Randstad Canada, the country's leader for
staffing, recruitment and HR Services, says you can avoid the sweaty
palms and nerves by making the most of the opportunity.
According to Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources
at Randstad Canada, the performance review is important to every
employee, as it can be a valuable tool for career growth. "Although
performance reviews can sometimes generate a certain degree of stress
and nervousness, they are intended to help employees. A thorough
performance review provides an employee with the chance to discuss
their accomplishments, concerns, needs and desires for the future. It
also gives management the opportunity to identify areas that need
improvement, possibilities for employee training or professional
development and can also be the basis for salary adjustments or
promotions. The overall goal is to foster greater communication between
employees and managers," she says.
Performance reviews should not bring any surprises, rather confirm the
themes addressed throughout the year.
As an employee, it's important to set aside some time to prepare for the
periodic review. Harris shares some tips to help you get ready for your
next performance review:
Understand the Criteria: Try to determine your company's main focus, the important
decision-makers and their criteria for measuring success.
Do your homework: Take some quiet time to think about what things have been the
highlights and low points of the year for you. Be honest with yourself
— what has stretched you? What have you found too easy? Where are you
struggling? Write down facts and examples.
Think of what is next: Identify your own development needs and what you would like to get
involved with in the following year (next year's goals, objectives and
Don't be defensive: Criticism from your manager should be expected. When confronted with a
legitimate critique, identify how you plan to correct it going forward.
If you feel you are due for promotion: be prepared to show how you have been effective or you have excelled
expectations. Come up with a list of all accomplishments achieved over
the year. Be as factual as possible in expressing targets met or
exceeded, deadlines met ahead of time, new skills acquired,
products/processes or procedures introduced.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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