How about giving your Boss a Performance Review?
Posted by Vivian Wong on April 14, 2009
As an employee, it’s easy to think of a Performance Review as a one way street where the manager reviews your performance. In some ways, a Performance Review is just like social networking (such as Twitter/Facebook)- some make the most of it, while others think it’s a complete waste of time.
If you make the most of your Performance Reviews, then congratulations! I hope you walk away from them knowing:
- How you are doing at your job – what’s working and what’s not
- Suggestions/Action items for growth
- Hope for continued career growth – honest discussion so your manager can help align your strengths and career aspiration with the business needs
You can take it one step further.
From time to time, you should give your manager the ultimate gift as well. As Meg noted in her Managing Your Boss blog, part of your job is to help your boss succeed. Just like your manager lets you know how you are performing, you should reciprocate and give your manager some feedback on how they are doing as your boss – all relationships (work or personal) thrive on a two-way communication.
So ask yourself:
- What is it that your manager does that either helps or hinders you from performing your best?
- Do you want your manager to continue or stop a particular behavior?
- What do you want your manager to start doing to bring out your potential?
I am betting that I am not the only manager who appreciates honest feedback from my team.
For example, I would definitely want you to tell me if I have broccoli stuck in my teeth or that I was abrasive in my communication or worse, I am de-motivating you unknowingly. I would also like to know if I am doing enough for you and whether I am providing the right level of support to help you grow?
It’s one thing to do the best I can, it’s another to know that my efforts have the desired effect; and if not, I’d be happy to make improvements and be a better leader and manager!
So go ahead – give your manager some feedback – it might even help your manager to help you in finding happiness at work.