Wednesday January 11 2017

Make an honest self-evaluation

Be your own judge. It is important that you

Be your own judge. It is important that you honestly evaluate your performance before someone else assesses it. file photo.  

By Eseri Watsemwa

Depending on the company you work for, performance reviews are conducted once or twice a year either at the beginning, mid or end of the year.
However, some employees, especially in sales or in management positions are evaluated more often than others because of the regular targets and management functions that they are required to meet.
According to Yasiin Magombe, a consultant, performance reviews offer the ultimate chance for employees and employers to discuss job performance, set goals, establish as well as discuss expectations. Such assessments, Magombe says help to bridge the gap between prospects and output and are a key function in self-evaluation in a way helps as below:

Tracking performance
Self-evaluation offers you an opportunity to understand your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities or threats thereof. This, according to Robert Nangatsa, a manager at Ugacof helps you to develop a sense of ownership well knowing that even if it is a company target it will benefit you at the end of the day.
Evaluation, Nangatsa says, can also act as an interview where the company can assess an employee for possible promotion or training to upgrade them for certain functions.

A chance to save yourself
Self-evaluations sometimes are taken unconsciously but according to Nangatsa, are more effective, especially in determining one’s self-worth as well as tracking where there is need for improvements.
“The person reviewing you already has perceptions about you and knows you but you must be in control because you know what you are capable of and your worth,” he says, adding that in this case, self-evaluation will help you to tone down criticism, in a less defensive manner.
Singling out most outstanding works
In hundreds of work or projects that you have worked on mid or throughout the year, there may be one that has helped the company achieve its objectives hence improving its performance. This, in most cases is what the supervisor is interested in, and through self-evaluation you will always be able to single out these moments.

It’s time to shine or beat yourself
Self-evaluation, according to Florence Nakiyingi, a human resource practitioner gives you an opportunity to shine based on achievements. However, she says, there should be an account of the works that will form the basis of your evaluation.

Good side
Best option. Self evaluation, if done with due honesty, is the best way to prop up yourself in terms of achieving key targets and renewing your resolve to hit targets that you could have consistently failed to meet.

Things to consider while doing self-evaluations

When evaluating yourself, it is recommend that must first know the parameters and scores on which you are being assessed.
“Be candid with your assessment because you are your best judge since you understand yourself and your performance hi cups better than anybody else,” he says, adding this “this is not the time to point fingers for your failures.”
Through this exercise he says, you should compile a review of activities that you have been involved in against which you can reward yourself with scores.
However, most importantly, before the evaluations, make sure that you have a record of your daily, weekly and monthly targets to back up your own rating with the company’s key performance indicators.
Where it’s needed, Nakiyingi says, criticise yourself to show neutrality since this is the time to commit to undertake action points and timelines that you will be able to fulfil and held accountable for in the next review.
All in all, self-evaluation helps you to have a clear picture of yourself before they are subjected to other forms of evaluations.