- Step 1: Stay calm. Don’t become defensive or angry. Don’t say anything you might regret later.
- TIP: If you’re about to cry, hold one thumb firmly in the other hand. This acupressure trick will calm you down.
- Step 2: If you think the evaluation is unjust, politely request examples of your failings. Address the individual scenarios your boss cites, but don't argue and try not to make excuses.
- TIP: Take notes. It’s easy to forget things when you’re emotional.
- Step 3: Ask what you can do to improve your performance. Take the opportunity to set goals with specific targets you can meet, so that you can prove your performance is improving.
- Step 4: Ask what kind of time frame you will be given to shape up, if your boss doesn't volunteer this information.
- Step 5: End on an upbeat note. Even if you're boiling with rage inside, thank the boss for his suggestions and say you look forward to proving what you can do.
- Step 6: Put it behind you. The worst thing you can do is let a bad review paralyze you. Focus both on improving your performance and keeping an eye out for other job opportunities.
- FACT: According to a survey, only three out of ten employees believe their company’s performance review system actually improves performance.
You Will Need
- A positive attitude