Saturday, November 15, 2008

Avoiding Performance Review Surprises

Check out this blog post on the Juggle, a WSJ blog about the work-life balance. Read the opening line. My only comment about this is if you're the bread winner for your family, you never, ever lose sight of your responsibilities and performance at work. You do your job. You excel. You meet and beat expectations. There's too much riding on it. Be seen as a performer and a go-to person in the office. Help others even when you're at capacity. Work on things over the weekend if you have to. Do whatever it is you have to do to keep climbing the ladder and provide for your family. It's really that simple.

Avoiding Performance Review Surprises People with family responsibilities sometimes have trouble keeping their eye on the ball at work. Many of us are reminded of that as performance-review time rolls around.

This month and next are prime time for performance appraisals, reports Sarah Needleman of The Wall Street Journal. To avert nasty surprises, review the goals that were set for you in your last review, the article recommends. Then, evaluate how well you’re meeting them, and document your progress and your successes in writing. If you have any doubts, ask your supervisor what is expected.
(Via The Juggle -


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