How to Evaluate Your Performance At Work
Posted on April 10, 2017
At Intern Queen, we do performance reviews every 3 months (quarterly). We do this so there’s an on-going dialogue about everyone’s performance and to ensure that the goals of that role are being met. It’s also important that I understand the obstacles every team member deals with trying to get their job done.
At most companies, evaluations only happen 1-2 times per year but that doesn’t mean that you can’t self-evaluate every once in a while, to gauge your own performance. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine how you are performing within a specific role at your company:
1. List your top accomplishments at work (since your last review). Don’t be shy, this is an opportunity to really brag about what you’ve achieved in your day-to-day work.
2. Detail out how your specific position benefits the company. Try to write down at least 3-5 items here.
3. Has there been a time when you’ve directly generated revenue for business? Explain and write exactly how much money.
4. Are there any clients that you’ve brought on board or convinced to stay? Be specific.
5. List your top 3 strengths (as a team member)
6. List your top 3 weaknesses. It’s important to be honest here. Take a good look in the mirror (figuratively) and write down what you know you need to work on. Being self-aware is super important. During our team evaluations, I saw it as a plus when team members understood what they needed to work on.
7. What are 3 things you can do to enhance your performance? Be specific here as well. What specific steps can you take to better the weaknesses you mentioned earlier?
8. What are the 3 biggest challenges of your position? (Now, these might help shape a potential conversation with your supervisor). Everyone writes down time management. Be specific. What priorities are difficult for you and what specific tasks do you need to better manage?
9. What are 3 questions you have for your supervisor? (writing these out might help indicate if a conversation does need to be had with your boss prior to your next review).
10. If you had to give yourself a letter grade, what would it be? Are you an A, B, C, D, or F team member? Be hard on yourself. Now, it’s not super important where you rank yourself today. What’s important is that 3 months from now you challenge yourself to move up 1 letter grade. Improvement is everything. Here’s how we define:
A – Hitting Goals – Knocking It Out of the Ballpark – Moving the Needle – Always.
B – Coming Close on Goals but not hitting – driving business/moving needle but not as much as it needs to be in a solid grove.
C – SOMETIMES hitting goals. Still trying to figure things out and get into a rhythm.
D – Under-performing. Constantly missing the mark. Needs to improve performance ASAP.
F – Never hitting goals. Always under-performing. Really bad.