During my 15+ years as a manager, I’ve endured reading the most boring self-assessments written by star employees and mentees.
As we’re approaching that time of the year again when I ask my team to complete their self-assessment, I’m bracing myself to inflict myself that pain again. The kind of reading pearls of wisdom such as “I think I met this objective” by somebody that absolutely overachieved it. Or simply “Objective done” by another that smashed the target. No data, no testimonials, and no evidence. All in spite of them receiving reports as well as emails supporting their good work.
I instruct my team and mentees every year that they need to write their self-assessments for the company, not for me. That they need to add information to their assessment so the organisations they work for see that they are not simply saying "done" but there is plenty of work delivered behind it.
Still, I get a lot of resistance from them.
Common pushbacks come in sentences like “it’s a waste of time”, “I don’t care”, or “it’s a ticking box exercise”, which inevitably lead to self-assessments that appear to be written in 5 minutes putting all the onus on me to highlight their work, whilst I do devote a lot of effort to writing their assessments because I know how crucial they are for asking for a promotion or justifying a salary increase.
I cannot wait…
On the flip side, I do put a lot of energy into my self-assessment. Why? Because I see it as my opportunity to tell the company my view about how I have contributed to the organisation during the past year. And the only person that can take away that from me it’s myself by doing a poor job at it.
I’m very curious about what my network thinks about self-assessments. Do you care or don’t you?
What of the sentences resonates the most with you?
- Annual self-assessments are not valuable for my career and I put minimal effort into writing them.
- Annual self-assessments are not valuable for my career but I put effort into writing them to reflect my achievements and my vision for next year.
- Annual self-assessments are valuable for my career but I put minimal effort into writing them.
- Annual self-assessments are valuable for my career but I put effort into writing them to reflect my achievements and my vision for next year.
- The organisation I work for doesn’t request self-assessments.
Please let me know in the comments.