Your Performance Review

patricia-frank-sib-3.6One of the least pleasant facts of life is the performance review. It is stressful even if you are proud of your performance. When you start a new project, after a certain period of time, it is important to take stock of how you did so far and how things are going. It is time to analyze your performance and to rate it.

Most people want a favorable assessment of their actions. No one wants to be fired at work or at home. This scrutiny is an inescapable fact of life even if you are self-employed. Whether or not it is a good review will depend on many factors.

The best way to get a good review at work is to maintain self-awareness and keep in mind, your boss’s needs and values and the values of the company. Let these values guide your performance levels on a daily basis.

The best way to get a good review at home is to pay close attention to the subtle messages being sent. Learn to decipher them. Listen and respond. Don’t be afraid to ask, “How am I doing?” at home or at work.

You should also conduct a review your own personal performance. Try to be impartial. Try to determine the facts and whether you need to amend things and use a different approach to alter, adjust, correct or completely change your behavior, as you go forward.

Whatever you find, do not become defensive or angry or emotional. That will only sabotage all of your past efforts and may damage the relationship irrevocably. Consider all of your options and the probable consequences before you proceed.

Since a performance review is generally focused on fulfilling the needs of others it can be challenging. You may have to examine, reassess and modify your own attitude to accommodate that concept. Your attitude, your emotions and your thoughts will ultimately influence your ability to bring about and deliver a superior and satisfying review and longterm relationship.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864,

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