09 May 2019 17:51 IST

The art of positive self-appraisal

As appraisal season begins, here are some tips on how to be better at it

It’s that time of the year when you are assessed for your performance in the organisation, and your contribution is evaluated. For first-timers, it is undoubtedly an experience tinged with anxiety and nervousness. However, the appraisal process can also be a time of positive change and transition, when one can connect with the employer and explore new possibilities. A routine process in most companies, appraisals play a vital role in one’s career progression and financial advancement.

Here are some tips to help you learn from the process:

Accentuate your achievements

As the first step, list all the achievements that you would like to apprise your manager about. Write about all the tasks you have participated in during the last year, and the positive outcomes you have been able to achieve. For this, it is important to document all your work through the year, as this will help you build your case at the time of appraisals.

Talk about your growth and contribution

During appraisals, make it a point to discuss your performance as an individual as well as your contribution as a team player. Describe how your work has added value to the team and to the business as a whole. The ideal way to evaluate yourself is to pen down all the initiatives that you took which have impacted the organisation positively.

Discuss training programmes

Talk about all the training programmes that you underwent and how these programmes have helped you stay ahead and relevant in the competitive world. Discuss the kind of training that you would like to undergo to move up the ladder.

Company research

Make a clear assessment of whether your organisation is doing well; as an employee, you should be aware of the company’s performance. Check the news for stories about your employer and industry. Do company research and look at financial reports.

Beyond financial achievements

It is always important to take up new challenges and responsibilities, as this can help you link your performance and compensations. Additionally, taking up new responsibilities can be an aid for your growth. Eventually, these opportunities will help widen your profile, allowing you to negotiate better, not only for a salary increase but also for a promotion.

Explain your vision

Evaluate how you can add to the company’s overall vision. To be successful, it is imperative for you to have a vision that coincides with that of your team or company. Discuss your plan and seek help from your manager on how to accomplish your goals. This will ensure career growth, and subsequently, a pay rise.

Salary negotiation is a critical step in the appraisal process. Assessing your strengths, performance, and value to the company will not only give you confidence to take the discussion further but will also help you get the compensation that you deserve.

(The writer is Managing Director, Indeed India, a job opportunities portal.)