Many companies are foregoing the traditional performance review. According to research from Globoforce, 45 percent of HR professionals surveyed don’t think that annual performance reviews are an accurate appraisal of an employee’s work. For the employee, it can be truly tough sometimes to gauge how you’re doing and where you could improve. Here are a few ways to measure the breadth and success of your work without performance reviews.
Keep Your Boss Aware of What You’re Working On
Keep your boss informed of the top projects you’re working on. He or she might be able to offer you some insight on whether you’re focusing on the right tasks or if you should work on more important projects. See if your boss is available to schedule a biweekly meeting so he or she can offer some guidance and make sure you’re on the right track to success.
Take a Look at Your Job Description
Do you still have your offer letter saved from when you started your current position? Take a look at the roles and responsibilities section and see how you stack up. Evaluate what you are not doing in your current role that’s listed on that sheet. Put any tasks that you’re currently not doing on your list of skills to improve.
Think About Your Goals for This Year
Has your boss identified any goals for your department this year? If so, take a look at them and see if you’ve achieved them. This is a common metric used in performance reviews that you can easily evaluate for yourself. Evaluate your own goals and align them with the ones your company has provided.
Find Out Your Worth
Sites like Glassdoor allow you to determine your worth and where you should be salary-wise based off of reports in your area. This tool can provide an idea of whether you are underpaid for your industry and open the door to a conversation about a raise.
Evaluate How You Did on Your To-Do List
For the items on your to-do list, make a separate page to evaluate if you completed each task. Make note of any edits or adjustments you need to make and then evaluate the overall performance of the tasks, using analytical data if applicable.