TAP In with Tristan : Notes for Your 2020 Performance Review

With the pandemic being a significant factor in our work experiences this year, Tristan discusses a couple of things to remember for your self-assessment. While it is always important to advocate for yourself during your performance review, with the financial constraints many companies and organizations are feeling right now, it’s even more critical. Take some time to reflect on everything you’ve done at work this year so you can highlight the value you bring to your company!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. With it being the end of the year, many companies are doing their performance reviews, so let’s talk about them.

We initially talked about annual reviews on tip #22. You can go back and listen to get the basics. However, in short, I mentioned how to better prepare yourself for your self-assessment by keeping better records of the results you’ve created, your achievements, and any recognition you received. Remember, utilizing this information can help make a case for a raise or even a promotion.

With the pandemic being a significant factor in our work experiences this year, I wanted to discuss a couple of things to remember for your self-assessment.

First, the most obvious is any results you were able to create, especially if they affected the company’s bottom line. If you were an employee whose productivity stayed the same or increased or you still produced results for the company during this time, that is a significant thing that you should highlight. It could even be the thing that helps save your job if your company is forced to conduct layoffs again in the near future.

Next, if you helped with your company’s COVID work-from-home or back to office transitions, make sure to list it. Since the pandemic forced many companies to make that shift quickly, if you helped to ensure that process was smooth, it could work in your favor. From helping with policy or virtually onboarding a new hire to training team members on new collaboration tools and picking up extra work when a coworker got sick, make sure to document all of that in your self-assessment.

The last thing I’ll mention is to list any significant employee resource group involvement. We all know about the uprising that had companies quaking in their boots and releasing statements about and pledges to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Well, in many companies, a large majority of that work has fallen in the hands of these employee resource groups. So, if you’ve helped leadership brainstorm policies, recruiting practices, or anything to help them with DE&I initiatives, put all of that into your self-assessment.

While it is always important to advocate for yourself during your performance review, with the financial constraints many companies and organizations are feeling right now, it’s even more critical. Take some time to reflect on everything you’ve done at work this year so you can highlight the value you bring to your company.

Thanks for tapping in with me this week.

This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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