The Do's and Don’t of Self-Evaluation for Work

Your self-evaluation isn't something you scribble 10 minutes before meeting with your manager. Consider these tips to guide you

September 26, 2022
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Would you rather have your manager judge your work performance solely on information they gather, or would you like to have some input on how you are appraised?

Studies show that about 65% of employees think external performance reviews don't correlate with their jobs. 

This realization has opened up space for self-evaluation for performance reviews at the workplace. However, evaluating oneself without undercutting your achievements or over-inflating them is difficult. 

With some self-evaluation guidance and some tips, writing your employee self-evaluation will be a walk in the park for you.

This article will look at essential elements to include in your workplace self-evaluation - the things you need to have and ones to toss.

What does self-evaluation mean?

As the name implies, self-evaluation is part of an employee performance review that the employee carries out. It's a core part of the performance review that lets you analyze your outputs to the company, your growth, success, and areas you need to focus on for improvement. 

Self-evaluation for performance reviews allows you to outline what you've been doing at the company before your manager takes a go at it.

It requires honesty, proper planning, and a lot of introspection. For an easier, seamless experience, try out Assembly's self-evaluation template.

What should I write in my self-assessment performance review?

As mentioned, self-evaluation requires a lot of introspection. You need to think about the things you've achieved so far and your best skills, but you also need to consider your fault areas. 

Your self-evaluation isn't something you scribble 10 minutes before meeting with your manager. It requires time and intentional record taking over some time. 

Here are a few things to include in your self-evaluation for work: 

  • Accomplishments

When did your teammates applaud you for your contribution? When did your boss send you a "Great job!" note? What project are you most proud of? You can include all these and similar ones in your self-evaluation form. 

For more credibility, practice the 'show, not tell' method by including evidence to back up the accomplishments you included.

  • Workplace Productivity

Employers like to know that their employees are doing the jobs they are paid to do most efficiently. Your workplace efficiency and productivity are directly tied to the things you have accomplished. 

Let your self-evaluation reflect your steps to operating at peak productivity and the results. If any, include plans to boost your productivity further and prevent a decline over time. 

  • Effective time management

Managers want to know that you can prioritize your tasks without constantly being told what to do and when to do it. 

Highlight how you meet your KPIs within the set timeframe by prioritization and effective time management.

  • Great communication skills

Asides from having the hard skills for a job, soft skills like communication contribute significantly to hiring. It also matters in the workplace, so it should reflect in your self-evaluation. 

Outline scenarios where your communication skills have helped solve or diffuse a problem. It could be with a client, colleague, or boss. Give real-life scenarios and talk about the outcome.

  • Teamwork

No employee in a company should work as a single unit. Collaboration and teamwork keep the company together and helps it accomplish its goals. Talk about times like this in your self-evaluation. 

Mention how the experience was, the circumstances, what your contributions were to the project, and the outcome. You can also include any challenges you encountered while working in a team and how you overcame them.

  • Your creativity

It matters to most organizations that employees contribute to creative problem-solving that helps the company grow. Include all the times you've made a contribution that improved a project or the company's overall output. 

Did you try a new way of doing something that yielded great results? Did your suggestion make a project better? No matter how small, include what value your creativity has brought to the company and with suitable examples. 

  • Working with tight deadlines

You won't always have the luxury of time to complete tasks at your own pace. Sometimes you (and your team) may find yourselves in a time crunch where you must complete a task within a short time. 

If this has happened to you, talk about it, and give the scenarios or self-evaluation examples. Employers and managers like to see the ability to work under pressure. It shouldn’t be the norm, but it's a handy skill to have. 

  • Result of Projects

Your self-evaluation is incomplete without a summation of the projects you've worked on and their outcomes. State the objectives of each project, the steps you followed, and the eventual outcome. This allows you to acknowledge your success and show how much of an asset you are to the company.

  • Areas of Improvement

So far, we've discussed the workplace strengths to include in your self-evaluation, but everyone has weaknesses. And an honest self-evaluation has to reflect that. 

Discuss the areas of your job you believe need improvement and why. You can also include the steps you plan to take to improve. 

If you have difficulty bringing all these things together in your self-evaluation, Assembly has different templates that'll make the process fast and easy.

What Should I Remove From My Self-assessment Performance Review

We’ve explored what should be included in your self-evaluation for workplace performance review. 

Now, let's consider what you should not include in your self-evaluation. 

  • Questions about a pay increase

There’s a place and time to ask about a pay raise, not during your self-evaluation. Self-evaluation is about reflecting on what you have done, how much you have achieved, and how to be better. 

  • Complaints

While this may feel like a pressing issue, it’s irrelevant to your self-evaluation for work. If there are complaints to make, raise them with HR and follow the proper process. 

  • Leave Request

Leave requests or any other kind of request should not be done in your self-evaluation. The goal of self-evaluation is clear, don't try to use it as a stone to kill multiple birds. 

What is an example of self-evaluation?

We'll be looking at these two self-evaluation examples to give you a better picture of how to include the key points we discussed above in your self-assessments.

Example 1: Discussing your creativity
Achievement: 

I do a lot of research and look at what our competitors are doing to develop fresh ideas to help my team. Before every stand-up or brainstorming session, I find out what the agenda is and come up with a list of ideas that could be helpful. 

Doing this keeps me on my toes and helps me devise creative ways to carry out tasks and improve the company's overall output. 

The area I need to work on:

I consider myself a very creative person with many great ideas. However, I battle with impostor syndrome and don't share my thoughts as much as I'd like. I'm working on my confidence and overcoming impostor syndrome.

Example 2: Discussing your communication skills
Achievement:

I'm intentional about communicating with my team members and line manager. I promptly send all my updates and feedback using the company's assigned communication channels. On such occasions when I cannot meet a deadline in time, I ensure that I inform all affected parties ahead of time and let them know what difficulties I'm having and the new timeline for delivery.

The area I need to work on:

I sometimes find it challenging to ask for help from my colleagues on a group task because I don't want to burden them. However, I’m learning that part of effective communication is asking for help, especially on a collaborative project.

How do I evaluate my work performance?

Compare your job performance and output to your job description using KPIs. If you are hitting all your targets and executing your tasks timely and effectively, you can say that you are doing your job well. However, if you are not meeting any of your KPIs or falling short on your job responsibilities, you can tell that your job performance is poor.

In addition, feedback from colleagues can be a good indicator of your work performance.

Start doing your self-evaluation the easier way

With Assembly, self-assessment has been made easier. The self-evaluation template simplifies the process and gives you a guide to help you through the whole process.

Check out this video for a complete guide on how to use the self-evaluation template.  

Assembly has a range of tools and templates that helps employers work smarter, not harder, to increase productivity and output. Book a demo today to discuss the options available to you.

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