Help I had a bad appraisal

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Last week I showed you how to prepare for your annual appraisal/performance review at work (you can read it here).

But what do you do when your boss gives you a bad annual appraisal?


Here are a few tips to help you get through.

Firstly, know that you are not alone; at some point almost everyone receives a review that is disappointing and confusing. It is how you react that can have a big impact on your future performance, evaluations, and compensation.

On receiving a bad review, it is important that you don’t go on the offensive. Instead you must remain calm and professional. Listen carefully to what your boss has to say and take notes if necessary and ask for specific examples of each criticism so that you have a clear understating of what is being said. It is difficult but important that you try to ignore your feelings at this point and then take your own critical review of what was said.

If you are asked to give an explanation of something you did, or didn’t do, be honest with your answer and never try to put the blame on someone else, even when you believe others were at fault too. Make sure that your boss is aware of all your accomplishments in case any have been overlooked and back them up with examples.

When you leave the meeting, hold your head high, smile and thank your boss for taking the time to explain things to you and suggest a follow up appointment after you have had time to put a plan of action in place.

Remember, you are not perfect, you are human and you make mistakes. The worst thing you can do at this point is to get defensive. The best thing you can do is listen to the evaluation and try and learn from it. Being professional means that you want to focus on what you can do better which is the purpose of a review in the first place.

By following what is outlined above, a poor evaluation will just be a temporary set-back, one which you can take control of and turn round for the following year.


© Anne Galloway

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