Performance reviews typically aren’t most folk’s favorite day on the job, but they do serve as a valuable opportunity to check in with your manager. If you’ve ever had a poor performance review, you know that can be an especially devastating day. Having a less than stellar performance review isn’t the end of the world, there is still ample time to turn your performance around. Below are some tips for getting back on track.
How to Handle a Poor Performance Review
Don’t make excuses.
Being confronted with less than desirable performance might lead you to give excuses for why things haven’t been going smoothly. It’s a good idea to avoid the blame game and it’s time to show your boss that you are serious about being a great employee.
Review your performance review and identify ways to address areas of improvement.
Determine specific goals that you can work toward that will show a clear improvement. This is also known as the SMART method. Develop goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. By developing performance goals in this method, you’ll be able to clearly articulate your improvement to your boss.
Be open about areas in which you need help.
Is new software giving you a tough time? Try asking for more training or arranging time with another team member to help train you. Maybe communication skills are something you’ve been told to work on. Look for the nearest seminar or purchase a book on the topic. Don’t be afraid to ask other employees to point out if you aren’t making the grade.
If your supervisor hasn’t already, schedule a follow up meeting to discuss your progress.
Don’t wait until your next regularly scheduled performance review to find out how you’re doing. Your supervisor will take note if you plan a meeting to check-in and make sure you’re on the right path. By meeting before the next scheduled review, you’ll have time to ensure a positive outcome on performance review day.
Check out this Career Guide article about performance reviews.