Performance Reviews & Assessments


It’s the time of year when many of you are writing your self-assessments and participating in annual reviews.

Some of you will hear bad news. You didn’t meet expectations. You failed to achieve your professional goals. You won’t qualify for a merit increase, and let’s be honest: most people see their worth and contribution to the company reflected in the annual pay raise.

Here is my simple request. I am asking you to NOT freak out.

I know, I know. It’s tough.

As your friendly HR advisor, I want you know that you cannot re-litigate 2009. It is pointless to write a legal brief that defends your behavior and makes people see you in a different light. You can appeal your performance review and ask for more money, but it rarely ends in your favor. It makes you look punitive and vindictive. People will say, “He just doesn’t get it.”

Please keep your head about you and don’t take it all so personally. Spend some time figuring out how you’ll make 2010 the last year where your company’s assessment process pierces your heart and deflates your ego. Think about a new job. Think about a new career. Think about living the kind of life where it doesn’t matter what your boss or supervisor thinks about you.

You do this. I know you can. Make 2010 a year of change — not a year of anger and resentment.

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