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What to discuss at your work appraisal


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Many people’s initial reaction to the word appraisal is to run for cover, but appraisals are not things to be feared and are an important part of contemporary working life. These meetings with your boss can be beneficial for both you and the company for which you work, and if approached with a positive attitude can have quite surprising results.

What Exactly is an Appraisal?

Appraisals occur at either six month or annual intervals and are an opportunity for your employer to assess your progress and for you to address any concerns or raise any queries. Depending on the company, appraisals have differing structures, but there are some similarities wherever you work. It is usual for employees to be asked to complete a questionnaire which allows you to promote your skills and any achievements since the previous appraisal.

What is the purpose of an Appraisal?

This is a chance for both parties to discuss any strengths and weaknesses highlighted within your role. An appraisal presents the prefect forum to ask about your future prospects with the company. This may also be the time to ask for a pay increase, especially if you feel you have proven your abilities and have established yourself as an asset to the business.

Vital Preparation

appraisalConsider that an appraisal may be the only opportunity during the year that you have your boss’ full attention, so take full advantage of your appointment. As you will have the chance to complete a written self-evaluation beforehand, take the time to consider each element of your role, what you have achieved and any objectives you hope to fulfil in the future. Note occasions where you have excelled in your job and be realistic about your immediate ambitions.

Absolutely nobody is perfect, so be prepared to highlight any weaknesses or difficulties you may have experienced. Rather than worry about this having a negative impact on your position, see it as an opportunity to gain support and training in any areas you need to brush up on.

It’s All About You

Do not be tempted to compare your performance with colleagues as your appraisal is designed to assist you with any difficulties, queries or ambitions you may have. If however you feel that someone else’s shortcomings are affecting your work then do address this, but do so in a professional and mature manner.

Now is the time to promote yourself, so use your appraisal to make your boss aware of the relevant talents you have to offer. Do you want a promotion? Then tell them. A pay rise? Explain why you deserve it. Even if your boss does not agree with your view during the appraisal, if you feel it has not been a fair process, in many cases you can appeal.

What Your Employer May Say

Be prepared to hear some constructive criticism and to receive it gracefully. Even though your boss may be completely delighted with everything, there is still a chance they may wish to address some issues. You may already be aware of issues that are likely to arise, and you can therefore prepare to address them if, and when, they are mentioned in your appraisal.











About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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