Archive for January 5th, 2007

Ah, Lovely Shiny Performance Review Sheet

:( Things I am not enjoying right now…

Writing my performance review bragsheet.

:) Things I am enjoying right now…

My husband (who is working at home too today) and I apparently are having a music sound off… (Yes, we could probably put our headsets on but it wouldn’t be as fun)… He’s playing a mix of exploitation movie soundtracks and Italian lounge… I’m playing Logan Whitehurst’s “Waffle of Death” and My Carmen Miranda tracks.

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If you work in a corporate place (I’m tired of saying the word environment) you know that at the beginning of every year you have to submit a performance review sheet or brag sheet which will be presented as part of the efforts to rank and rate employees.  Oh, JOY! Well, I’ve decided to approach the writing of my review a little differently and use a mind map to build it out to make the process less painful than it usually is.

First we start with the basic structure of the review with the ‘holy-trinity’ or three A’s

Attributes: I usually blurt out all the appropriate ones I can think of

Areas for Development: I usually pick three major areas for improvement. This includes one that I would honestly like to work on (this year it’s Public Speaking)  and two that I think they will put on my sheet anyway.  Honestly, I think I know about as much about project management as I possibly can, but I know it will end up on my review anyway so I just leave it there.  Also, I have this theory about employing your employees to their best abilities instead of smashing them to fit the mold of what you think is right (therefore rendering your entire workforce into a homogeneous team of robots that all know and do the same thing in the same ways). This theory pretty much matches what Kathy Sierra posted a long time ago in the post “Mediocrity by areas of improvement.”

Accomplishments: I list my accomplishments for the year, but I start of by listing all the things I’m truly proud of. I do this because it helps me get the momentum rolling when I build this list of things I did. I won’t include everything from the “Things I’m Proud of” list on the actual bragsheet; however, it does help me really build a good idea of things I truly contributed to and insures that I won’t forget some of these more important things to put on the list. As a result, it’s easier for me to feel go about what I put on my list and I don’t feel plagued by the customary writer’s block that I get when I stare at the empty word document template in front of me.

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