Positive Self Evaluation!

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Within many of the roles that we carry out in our work, there will invariably be Line Managers and others in similar roles with whom we interact that will either give us feedback from time to time, or even a full evaluation when appraisals come round.

Feedback is how we learn and develop…feedback can even come from customers and suppliers, in addition to on occasions, from our “direct reports.”
Our own self-evaluation plays an important role in our overall development. It gives us the chance to regularly self-assess against our own benchmarks before others appraise us.

When we evaluate ourselves, we can do it on a range of areas and specific to the small areas that we may regularly want to improve…in turn, collectively making larger incremental improvements. In theory, the evaluation should have no bias, yet surprisingly, people can often be more self-critical than the appraiser. Our own internal self- talk! Yet, if we regularly self- appraise, and improve and develop through our own more regular evaluations, we will have no cause for concern come the formal annual appraisal!

Sadly, many employees believe that self-evaluation is time wasting and of no benefit. The more enlightened employers will work to ensure that their employees believe and understand that self-evaluation is vital, and their feedback is taken seriously. Additionally, in the absence of a self-evaluation system, many employees may feel that they do not have an appropriate platform to judge themselves.

Organizations which have an effective self-evaluation system in place have low employee turnover ratios. When employees are given an opportunity to evaluate themselves, they become more accountable for themselves and take responsibility for their actions.
Some of the areas that employees should consider are…

  • What achievements are you most proud of?
  • Where do you feel you need more support?
  • What goals do you wish you could have accomplished?
  • What would help you to accomplish these goals?
  • What do you most like about your job?
  • What do you most dislike about your job?
  • What career goals to you hope to accomplish in the next three years?

By self-evaluating and doing so at a regular and more micro level, will really allow you to boost your own confidence and have a far better relationship with your line manager.

“We just need to remove the blinders from our eyes to have a neutral, level-headed and logical viewpoint based on self-evaluation.”  Dr Prem Jagyasi