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Short answer… yes.  

As we come into the month of June, employers will most likely be setting aside time for performance review conversation with employees. 

Performance reviews serve as valuable opportunities for employees to reflect on their accomplishments, address concerns, and gain clarity about their professional growth within an organisation. While these discussions are crucial, they often fail to address certain aspects that leave employees unsure about what lies ahead. 

Preparing for a performance review goes beyond simply reflecting on past accomplishments. By being proactive and asking the right questions, you can fill in the gaps that might otherwise be overlooked. 

Some key areas that should be covered in a performance review, and potential questions that could be considered prior to your conversation:

Career Development and Growth 

During a performance review, it is essential to discuss your long-term career goals. However, the conversation might not delve into the specific growth opportunities available to you within the organisation.

Ask questions such as:

  • What learning and development programs are available to help me progress in my career?

  • What are the key skills that I need to develop or attain in order to progress to the next position?

  • Where do you see me progressing in the organisation over the next 3-5 years?

Feedback and Improvement 

Performance reviews typically include discussions about areas where you excel and areas that require improvement. However, the feedback provided may not always be specific or actionable.

To gain a clearer understanding, consider asking:

  • Can you provide more specific examples of situations where I excelled, or areas where improvement is needed?

  • Are there any specific skills or competencies I should focus on developing?

  • How can I actively seek feedback throughout the year to ensure continuous improvement?

If your employer cannot answer all or any of these questions, is that a red flag? Potentially.

Remember, your performance review is a two-way conversation, and taking an active role in shaping it can lead to a more fulfilling and successful professional journey.