Performance appraisals can be uncomfortable for any employee, but they can also be a valuable learning experience.
Step 1: Keep perspective Keep in mind that your coworkers probably know a lot more about your job performance and particular duties than your manager.
TIP: If you are frustrated that peers get to evaluate you, remember that you get to evaluate them.
Step 2: Keep your own notes Keep notes throughout the year on your own performance. You can use them as a reference against what others have said.
Step 3: Make note of positives Notice what your peers think are your strengths. You can use that information for future projects and defining what your role should be.
Step 4: Don't overreact Don't overreact to negative comments in a review, and don't take them personally. Take a moment to think about what your peers were really trying to say and learn from the criticism.
TIP: Don't lay blame on those around you for mistakes -- be accountable for your actions.
Step 5: Ask for suggestions Ask for suggestions on how you can improve, if they have not already provided some for you. Take the useful criticisms and compliments and keep them where you can refer back to them, so you can build your skills as a better teammate.
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