Believe it or not, appraisal season’s almost here.
Whenever most people talk about appraisals, they describe it as a war between them and their managers – and that the managers are just waiting to screw them over. These people bitch, moan and complain the whole time until they get the hike – and even after.
And then, they use the new hike (and three months payslips) to find a new job for a bigger hike.
I get it. I’ve been there. And I’ve done exactly the same things.
Money’s important and most of the time, we think we deserve more than what we have/get.
Fuck that. That’s a whole different conversation.
In this letter, I wanted to share some techniques that will help you get a better appraisal. These are things I figured out when I was an employee – and stuff I would love as a manager.
So, let’s roll:
3 Questions You Need To Answer To Get The Best Appraisal Ever
To get started, answer these questions before you get to the action steps. These will help you approach things in the right way for maximum impact.
- What’s in it for me? Look at yourself from your manager’s viewpoint. What are you doing that makes him look good? How have you made his life easier? How does he benefit by giving you a better appraisal?
- What’s your side hustle? Everyone has a job description. And, if you stick to only what’s in your JD, you’re going to be average. It sucks, but, that’s how these things roll. You need to go above and beyond what you’re paid to do.
- Where are the numbers? As you grow in your career, you’ll see that numbers are everything. If you can show how you’ve added value – especially in terms of important business metrics like revenue or sales, you’re pretty much sorted.
7 Things You Can Do To Get The Best Appraisal Ever
Now that you’ve answered the three questions, you could look at doing these things. You don’t need to do it all, but the more you do, the better.
- Look at the work that nobody wants to do – and do it.
- Think like your manager. See what’s the best way to add value to your team – and your company.
- Learn new skills that will help you stand out.
- Start – and finish – a pet project that’s outside your job description. Make sure it adds value to the company.
- Help others. Even if it doesn’t add value to you, it’s good karma. And people will help you.
- Figure out how you can DIRECTLY INFLUENCE the company’s performance – and then do that.
- Keep track of your achievements. I use a Google Sheet/Trello to do that. This is good ammo for your appraisal discussion.
Now, you know what you gotta do.
Go do it. And share this with someone.