If You Wait for Feedback, Your Career Will Be Buried in Sand

You own your performance. Own your appraisal as well.

If you bury your head in the sand, you won’t see why you are being left behind. (free public domain: clipart-people.com)

I come from the land of the Ostrich and I have a question for you. When it comes to feedback on your performance at work, do you bury your head in the sand?

You do? Well, be different this year. Don’t wait for the one big day with your boss. Instead, ask for, no demand, a performance appraisal every week. Here’s how you should manage it:

  1. Schedule a regular weekly appointment
  2. Clarify what you achieved last week
  3. Explain what you plan to do this week
  4. Ask for feedback and suggestions.

That’s it, done in twenty minutes.

Don’t treat your performance appraisal as something HR wants done. It’s yours. Own it and use it to manage your career every week.

By the way, the ostrich does not really bury his head in sand. Neither should you, because if you do, you won’t see why you are being left behind.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.