Company owners or executives may evaluate a company’s employees to ensure they are working hard toward the company’s overall mission and goals. If an employee is working toward these goals and performing well, a promotion or appraisal may be given. This procedure differs greatly for each company, so ask your employer about the given business’ performance procedures.
Performance Appraisal Purpose
Employees are frequently evaluated in terms of their performance and role in a business, whether the business is large or small. This is to see if the employee is working hard to reach the goals of the business in question and whether the work provided by the employee is meeting the company’s mission statement. If the employee is not performing as expected, the employer may perform an employee review, where the employee is made aware of issues that need to be addressed in the employee’s daily work tasks.
If the employee is working hard, addressing all tasks expected and performing beyond expectations, the employer may give the employee a promotion as a sign of excellence. The promotion may indicate that the employee is ready for more responsibility in the company and is mature enough to play a larger role in the business. A promotion may not be the result of any positive employee performance review, as the employer may not have that option each time.
Using Performance Appraisals
If you are given a positive employee performance review, but do not get a promotion as a result, do not think that you are less important in the business. Use the positive feedback and appraisals to work harder and keep perfecting your employment skills with the given business in question. The harder you work, the more the employer will notice. If you are not given a promotion immediately, you can work toward it through continuous hard work.
Setting New Goals
When you are given your performance appraisal from your employer, use the opportunity to ask him what you can improve on to grow in the business. Use the information he gives you to set new professional goals for yourself that you can work towards. For example, your employer may tell you that you could work on your management and leadership skills to get a promotion as event manager rather than a sales person, for example. Use the feedback to set new goals and work towards them for more positive appraisals and possibly a promotion.
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.