It’s that time of year again, when employees prep themselves for the Performance Review cycle – cue sweaty palms.

It’s not easy being on either side of the fence. Both giving feedback and receiving feedback can cause all sorts of feelings around this time of year.

If you have a manager that provides feedback all year around then you should be prepared for this meeting and whatever comes your way. If you have a manager who is time poor or is more the “non-open” communicator then this time of year can bring the fear of the dreaded “constructive” feedback.

If this is your situation and you don’t receive the feedback you were expecting, it can be confrontational and hard to take.

Our advice to anyone, is never be reactive – be proactive. Whist this is hard to swallow in the moment, reacting out of shock or possibly out of rage can be very detrimental to your career and your relationship with management and the organisation.

If the feedback you receive has caught you off guard, just breathe. Thank them for their time and take a few minutes after to process.

How you react next is where you can come undone. We would advise to take the evening and possibly the next day to think it over.

If you believe any of the feedback wasn’t warranted then put that down on paper to discuss further with your manager.

If there have been things that you have agreed with, reflect on these too. This feedback is great for your job and should get you motivated to continuously improve throughout your career.

After processing, take what you have written down and ask for some time with your manager.

Discuss the areas for improvement that were raised and ask for open communication throughout the year to allow for you to continuously improve and therefore work production and your morale will also improve.

Any manager should take this on board and next year when “that time” comes around again you can be prepared enough to take anything that comes your way.

Remember how you act is a reflection of you and your work no one else.

You may need an amazing reference one day and your behaviour on this day could really dictate how that goes!

If you need to speak with someone regarding your performance review, Harvest Careers may be able to help.



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