In my work life, one of the tasks I have been involved with recently has been that of employee appraisals. This has got me thinking about appraising me and my business.
As I work for myself, I report to me (there is no big boss!) and my clients. I particularly like this style of working, it works well for me. It’s important to take stock every now and again and check that what I am doing meets the different needs of Fraser HR clients.
It’s also important to view my personal development plan too. True, it does take time and energy to do that but I feel I’m worth the investment. Aren’t you? It does take a little effort to motivate myself continuously when working on my own. We all have days when we feel we are getting nowhere fast, don’t we? Be honest! However I have found that working with motivated people, those who are keen to work hard, share learning and support each other in business keeps me motivated.
I currently belong to one of the Inner Circle groups within Success Network and have found many benefits being part of this successful business group. It’s like having my own little management team that provides sound advice, suggestions and support. Within my group there is a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience. Often a fresh perspective is just what is needed to move things along particularly when the ‘inspirational ideas bank’ is running low.
So what’s the purpose of an appraisal you may ask? The purpose of an appraisal is to review work performance in the past year and identify any relevant training or development needs. It also provides the opportunity to celebrate business successes and consider how work standards may be improved for the next year. It’s a great opportunity to update your own development plan too.
An employee appraisal usually takes place within the first three months of joining the organisation and further appraisal dates are usually scheduled on an annual basis. Dependent on the organisation, some companies like to hold appraisal with their employees every quarter or every six months. There are no steadfast rules. It’s a good idea to schedule appraisals with a business coach if you work on your own. There’s something about that ‘accountability factor’ that spurs one on to greater levels of achievement. Also, when working towards achieving personal / business goals, it’s good to have a coach who will challenge and encourage more stretching personal goals – one or two stretches keeps you and your business in good condition.
So, let us begin with three self assessment questions about the work / business you currently do. You will need a pen and paper and allow yourself at least 45 minutes for some quality time thinking. Minimise all distractions and timewasters. You may wish to rate the questions on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 Low and 10 High). Write down what you need to do to raise the score, e.g. if you rate job knowledge as 7, what would make it an 8, 9, 10? This will help you create and build your personal development plan.
1. Job knowledge
How would you currently rate the level of your working and technical knowledge sufficient to do your job?
2. Quality & Accuracy
How would you rate the quality of work you produce?
How would you rate the amount of work you produce?
Remember to put a date in the diary today to review your progress.
Next time we’ll look at a few more questions in relation to appraisals … oh yes … there’s more!