Your guide to a performance review

It’s the end of year season and we all know what’s coming! It’s time to look back at what we’ve done. Like it or not, we all have our annual performance review sessions with our boss. Some of us fear it while others dread it. Yet annual review sessions provide the perfect opportunity for some constructive feedback and chest-beating (sharing about your achievements) which is beneficial for our career development! Nail that job promotion or pay raise with your performance review!

Share Your Achievements

Begin the sharing with some positive news! Don’t feel embarrassed. No one knows your accomplishments better than you do. Showing your strengths and capabilities can put you on the fast track to promotion or greater career growth. Your achievements don’t necessarily have to be tied to your key performance indicators (KPI). It can even include planning a team bonding day or spearheading a business process re-engineering project. Find yourself having to rack your brains to think of your achievements? Start tracking them!

Relook Your Responsibilities

Feel that a particular task is beyond your job scope? Don’t suffer in silence! Looking to take on greater leadership responsibilities? Use this chance to talk about expanding your daily tasks! Your performance review should not be a one-way feedback channel, so voice out your thoughts and opinions! Sharing your daily tasks can give your boss a better understanding of your responsibilities. It will also help your boss to manage your career trajectory and assist you in achieving your career goals.

Know Your KPI

Want to score that job promotion or pay raise? Be sure of your KPIs! Ask yourself: “Are the tasks assigned to me part of my KPI? What have I done to meet my KPIs?” If you are on track, keep up the good work! If you didn’t, review your KPI and goals again. Remember to back your KPI with facts and numbers. Tracking the facts and numbers can be a pain, but it will show your growth and contributions to the organisation.

Talk About Challenges

I’m sure by now, we all know that work is not always sunshine and rainbows. In every job that you do, obstacles and challenges are bound to happen. Rather than trying to solve all the problems alone, share them with your boss. Some problems are more easily solved when you have someone in power to back you up. Keep in mind that it should not be a ranting session. So provide some suggestions on how you intend to overcome it. 

Plan Ahead

Now that the coming year is up ahead, it’s time to establish new goals! Toss out any irrelevant goals. As the organisation’s goals change with the economy, it’s important to keep your goals fresh and relevant! Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. for easy tracking or follow ups. Identify any potential pitfalls and include some contingency plans.


Annual performance reviews go beyond looking back at what we have done. Taking the time to review and discuss what you have done in the year can give you a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. It also gives you a clearer picture of your career trajectory and a roadmap to the coming year!


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