You and I know that once you’ve hired your workers, evaluations will follow at regular intervals. Evaluations conducted by employers are a critical, necessary part of best practice for any business that has employees. However, in addition to the formal evaluation, employees should be encouraged to perform a self-evaluation, which may or may not be a part of the standard, formal evaluation.
Some in the industry use the term self-evaluation, others may use self-assessment, but whatever it’s called, self-evaluation in some form is critical to an employee’s success on any project and it is especially important on the job.
Encourage your employees to embrace the self-evaluation, to consider it a tool, part of the resources they need to succeed in their career – on this job and on others. The self-evaluation is especially important when an employee is accessing their soft skills, skills that are not a part of the task, but are just as critical to the success and competency of any employee.
As a manager or an HR professional, it is hoped that you will point out that any self-evaluation should include three basic categories that are relatively easy to evaluate:
1. Presence – The employee must show up for the job. Whatever their position, they are key. They should ask themselves how often do they call in sick, how often they are late? They should also consider how engaged/connected they are with their work.
2. Performance – Employees should reflect on how well they think they are doing on their job? They should be encouraged to take an honest look at this area. Questions should include whether they are delivering the performance that gets the job done? Have they chronicled their accomplishments over the past six months or the year? Have they reviewed their strengths and weaknesses relative to their job?
3. Professionalism – How do you conduct yourself on the job? Do you have a friendly, can-do attitude? Do you dress appropriately? Do you react to challenges calmly? Do you embrace change calmly?
Employees must perform well in each of these areas in order to meet their employer’s expectations. Read more about indicators an employee can use for self-evaluation in my book, Job Basics: The Next Step. Subscribe here for a free copy.