How to Ask Your Boss for Frequent Evaluations
Posted on April 22, 2015
Even if your company has a structure for setting up yearly evaluations, asking your supervisor if you can sit down 2-4 times per year to evaluate your performance and provide you with helpful feedback. As an employee, one of the best things you can do is learn to take constructive criticism and apply it to your day-to-day. Mistakes happen but it’s how you handle them that matters. Employers want to see that mistakes are quickly fixed and don’t happen again. At our company, today is evaluation day. We do evaluations with my employees every 3 months. It’s important that the people who work for me constantly ask for feedback on their performance, takes notes on my comments, and constantly show improvement.
If you are scared to ask your boss for an evaluation try doing it this way:
I wanted to reach out and see if you’d be open to sitting down for a half hour at some point over the next month to discuss my performance. I want to make sure I’m learning from your feedback and doing the best job possible. Please let me know if you’d be open to this.
Also, when your boss approves this meeting (as they probably will) make sure to go in with a quick agenda of what you want to discuss. If you have any questions, use this as an opportunity to ask them. Make sure to keep the conversation relevant to your personal growth at the company and feedback for your specific position. You only have a set amount of time and it’s easy to go off on tangents during these types of conversations.
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