It's time for your year-end performance evaluation or an appraisal of what you have accomplished over the last twelve months. You could restate each item in your objectives list and say, "yes I met my goal" or "yes I did this up to standard", or you could take it to a new level that can bump your score up a notch.
Prepare your stats
If you had any type of monetary goals or production goals, keep track of your monthly, quarterly and annual totals and log these totals into your self evaluation. Word your statements similar to the points listed in the objectives that will be scored by. For example, if you were scheduled to produce ten new engineering projects each month to receive an acceptable score of three, state or bullet the name of each project completed. Never assume that your supervisor is going to remember your accomplishments or that they kept track for you over the year. If part of your overall score is dependent upon your team or unit contributions, state which fellow employees you helped with a spreadsheet program or writing a document, whose desk you may have covered while they were out sick or on vacation, how often you worked late or any team project you may have volunteered for. Be concise but be thorough.
This is not the time to voice any complaints especially since this document will become a permanent part of your personnel file. Complaints should be dealt with as they occur and should only be presented if you have a solution to offer. Bring them to the table as opportunities for change or growth in the department or in your career, not as a whine-fest.
There may be a final statement box at the end of the self evaluation. This is your chance to gain a few points by complimenting a new process your supervisor may have put into place that speeded up your productivity or how you were thankful for the opportunity to work on a particular project. Be sure and include statements such as "I am looking forward to new opportunities for growth in the coming year to let your employer know you are ready to move on to more challenging tasks. If your employer has paid for any college tuition, this would be a good place to thank them for their continued commitment to education also. Don't get too gooey: Remember, concise but thorough is viewed as intelligent and professional.
Performance reviews are about as exciting as a bad report card. Most employees emerge from this ritual unscathed, but what should you do if you think you might fail the class?
You may be intimidated by the challenge of writing your own employee performance reviews, but don't panic. Employee evaluations provide the perfect opportunity to showcase your contributions while requesting changes that will improve your job satisfaction and ability to excel.