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Work Self Evaluation

Help! I have to do my yearly self evaluation which includes both numerical ratings and comments.

I hate these things and I never know how to answer. How hard do I toot my own horn and how much to do I go into the "what I could've done better" comments? I feel like I do a good job despite many internal and external challenges but how much do you talk about those challenges?

What are your thoughts on these things?

philip.sternberg's picture

public introspection is hard

Can you share a little more context? Does this determine your eligibility for a promotion or raise? Is your job on the line? How many other people will you be compared to? What kinds of categories are you asked to give numbers to?

I would recommend a good brainstorming session on the topic "significant things I did this year". Just start writing down everything memorable or out of the ordinary, and see what falls out.

For numbers, I would ask the following questions: "Could I have reasonably performed better in this area than I did?" and "How did my peers perform in this area?"

If there's something that went wrong that was in any way not your fault (e.g., missed deadlines due to unclear objectives from management) this is likely a good place to make mention of it.




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