Randstad Canada provides helpful tips for employees dealing with
a negative performance review.
TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Receiving negative feedback during
a performance review is never a pleasant experience. But it's important
to view a bad performance review in a positive way - as a wake-up call,
not a career-ender.
A performance review is intended to help identify an employee's recent
achievements and areas of improvement. Dwelling on a negative review
will only hinder future performances.
Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Randstad
Canada says employees should keep an open mind and really listen to
what is being highlighted in the review. "It's also important that
workers recognize the positive feedback in a review," she adds. "Often,
employees become so fixated on the negatives that they don't take the
time to listen to any of the positives that were covered and it becomes
difficult for them to get the most out of the discussion."
So what can you do if you find yourself in this situation? Harris offers
some important advice to help get back on track after a bad performance
Clarify all details
When you receive a poor evaluation, it's natural to feel defensive or
emotional. But it's important to remain calm and focused. Ask your
manager for specific examples of your performance to help you
understand the reasoning behind the constructive criticism. And
remember to take notes during the review so you can evaluate the
feedback at a later date. If further clarification is needed, contact
your manager to schedule a follow-up meeting.
Find a mentor
To help in your career development, find a mentor who can work with you
to recognize and overcome workplace challenges. A mentor will also be
able to offer ideas and constructive feedback on your progress.
Get back on track
Work together with your manager to develop a strategy that will help you
succeed in your career. Keeping track of your progress is a good way to
measure your accomplishments. The effectiveness of your strategy can
then be reviewed during a follow-up meeting.
According to Harris the constructive criticism an employee receives is
intended to help them assess their performance and provide them with
opportunities to improve. She says, "It's important to remember these
reviews can help foster better communication with management, open up
the door for training and development opportunities and can help guide
you towards becoming a stronger performer."
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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