It can feel uncomfortable to request feedback on your job performance – even if you’re confident that you’re doing well. However, it’s one of the most important steps you can take to grow in your role and thrive in your career. Especially if your employer doesn’t have a formal review process in place, the key is to take charge and plan an approach to gathering feedback that is courteous and professional. We’re sharing this four-step method to help you get started!
Step 1: Record Your Accomplishments
As much as you’d like to think coworkers and higher-ups notice all of your accomplishments, that’s not always the case. Get into the habit of chronicling your achievements as soon as they happen. For example, you might consider documenting project wins, progress towards goals, or any positive recognition you receive along the way. This way, you aren’t relying completely on your memory to recall the past successes you’ve helped to create.
Step 2: Ask When the Time Is Right
If you started your job less than three months ago, it’s possible that enough time hasn’t passed for your employer to provide adequate feedback. Often, it takes an entire project cycle (or two) to understand an employee’s work style and evaluate their level of consistency.
Allow time for your manager to prepare a meaningful assessment. You can have a conversation ahead of time, letting them know you’d like to put a feedback meeting on the calendar. However, don’t expect to receive feedback as soon as you ask for it. Letting the topic marinate will lead to a more productive conversation and constructive feedback from both parties.
Step 3: Be Receptive!
Remember: If you request feedback on your job performance, the conversation will most likely consist of strong points and areas that need improvement. Listening to both types of feedback is critical to your growth as an employee and professional. Make your intentions known! Be clear that you’re seeking both types of feedback on your performance.
It’s never easy to provide feedback and sometimes it’s not easy to receive. However, setting the tone for mutual respect and understanding will help strengthen your relationship and make conversation easier. Focus on making the conversation fun, light-hearted, and comfortable for both parties.
Step 4: Apply the Feedback
Don’t waste any time! Once you’ve received feedback from your employer, it’s time to reflect on your individual work habits and make it a priority to improve. To make a good impression, you should incorporate the feedback you received as soon as possible. This demonstrates to your employer that you listened, you’re serious about your professional growth, and you’re committed to your role and the company’s success.
Do you need a resource to help guide your professional development efforts? We recommend reading Keys to Performing a Successful Self-Assessment for a few excellent tips on how to begin the process!