An employee’s guide to performance discussions

It’s time for your year-end performance review discussion with your supervisor or manager.  Here is a list of actions you can take to make your performance discussion more valuable and to help it go smoothly.

  • Remember that the appraisal meeting is a discussion and a dialog between you and your supervisor or manager.
  • Maintain good eye-contact, attentive posture and a professional manner.
  • Listen and take notes. 
  • Reflect back to your supervisor or manager your understanding of what is said. 
  • Compare the actual, specific performance results and behaviors to the standards. Stay away from blaming others and making excuses. 
  • Emphasize strengths, as well as areas that need improvement. 
  • Be honest and take responsibility. 
  • Provide your ideas on how to resolve problems. 
  • If you don’t agree with your supervisor or manager, ask for specific examples. 
  • Set goals, expectations and standards together for the next review period. 
  • Discuss development and training needs. 
  • Tell your supervisor or manager what you need to do your job more efficiently.

For questions related to your agency’s specific performance management requirements and guidelines, contact your HR leader.

Beth Valenta is the performance management program manager for the Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Administration division.

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