It’s that time of year and your boss is nagging you for your self assessment. You cringe at the mere thought of writing down your accomplishments as you may think that your manager would think you boastful or worse a faker. Writing your Self Assessment does not have to be such an ordeal with a few simple tips.
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What is Self Assessment?
It is the process of self reflection or looking at oneself or work to assess aspects of importance and short report comings. This in turn helps others learn how one views his self or own performance in contrast to what others perceive.
Importance of Self Assessment
- enhances the certainty of self knowledge
Knowledge of one’s strength and weaknesses help the person to grow and acknowledge where one is good at and areas for further improvement
- Self Assessment bridges the gap between expectations and actual performance.
Self Assessment aims to be able to determine the goal that was set and recognizing the progress at which one has achieved
- It provides an open channel for communicating smart goals, opportunities and development for oneself
Employees are able to provide management feedback on their desired career paths and plans in developing them.
Self Assessment then becomes a driving motive towards self acceptance, acknowledgement, and eventual enhancement.
Before the Self Assessment
perhaps the hardest thing to do in facing an ordeal is making the first step. Instead of dreading it, recognizing Self Assessment as important as the actual task of doing your job and as an opportunity to remind management of what has actually been done is a great way in inducing your mind set for making your Self Assessment. It is also a chance to highlight areas where you and your manager have differing perspectives or points of view.
Direct your attention to a list of major goals that you had in the previous assessment or at the beginning of the year and highlight the progress to which you were able to achieve.
- True Assessment
Be aware of self modesty. Do not undermine your accomplishments as simple feats. Remember that management gives recognition only when they know where it is due. While self modesty should be set aside, it is also not good to give false high ratings. It would only mask areas where you would need improvement. It is good to put in mind how your manager or your colleagues would likely rate you.
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Before Self Assessment Continued
Do not try to beat around the bush. Going straight for the areas where you think you need improvement means that you acknowledge your shortcomings and will try to think of ways on how you could improve on that aspect.
- Look Back
Come up with a list of your previous goals and make a comparison to where you are progressing so far. This way, you have already identified how much you have improved and areas where you will likely see opportunities to even further your writing skills.
- Plan Ahead
Making a habit of planning for the next evaluation certainly would make it easier for you on doing your next self assessment. List definitive action plans and what were achieved including project successes and other specifics to help you in your next assessment.
- Make Time
Do not give lame excuses as lack of time or think that the information you will be giving in your Self Assessment is not important. Self Assessment plays an important role for the annual report performance review so get up from your behind and do your stuff.
Actual Self Assessment
- Take pride in your work
Do not be afraid to highlight your accomplishments. Point out specific projects that show your best work. Make management understand the value of your work impacting the business as a whole.
- No one is perfect
Point out areas where you need improvement. It is in admitting your shortcomings that prove you are continually growing and not staying stagnant. Own your shortcomings. Always mention action plans and development ideas set in place in order to move forward and rectify the shortcoming.
- Ask and it shall be given
Ask for development opportunities from management. There is no harm in trying to implore management to understand what career path you would like to take and the options in order to advance.
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Self Assessment Guidelines
It is important to mention achievements and also equally important to have proof of those achievements. Make sure to give examples to support your self assessment and assertions since management cannot remember everything that you would have accomplished. Management uses self assessment as input on reviewing things that you have done throughout the year.
Share what you have learned. Recall previous feedback from management about the projects that you have completed. Share the ways in which you have developed your skills. Describe the new skills you have acquired and where you got them. Emphasize on how these new skills would be of great importance in supporting the growth of the organization.
- Take Time
Always take your time in doing your Self Assessment. A haphazardly made Self Appraisal would not do you any good. Submitting a well done Self Appraisal however, may merit you additional favor from management and greatly help you in your performance evaluation.