How to Read Written Self-Appraisals

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Self-written appraisals need to be read in a very particular way in order to glean the right pieces of information. Read written self appraisals with help from an author, executive coach, and motivational speaker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Colette Ellis. I'm an executive coach, founder of Instep Consulting and author of "Focus On Your Vision." Today, I'm going to share some practical tips on how you can read written self appraisals. The performance management process can be beneficial to both employees and managers. It's an opportunity for both to discuss team and company objectives as well as to discuss individual performance expectations. As a manager you want to document and review performance expectations with your employees on a regular basis. View it as an ongoing conversation and your opportunity to keep a finger on the pulse of what's happening in your team, as well as to ensure that your employees understand what's being expected of them. Keep an open mind if an employee rates him or herself differently than you would on a self appraisal. Give the employee an opportunity to share his or her perspective and then you can share your rationale for your assessment. Try to give feedback about specific behaviors that you've observed in the workplace so that you can avoid generalizations. Then, agree and commit to a time when you and the employee will meet once again to discuss progress and see how their performance has improved. Those are a couple of ideas on how you can read written self appraisals. Let me know in the comments area if this information was helpful for you and feel free to share any ideas that you come up with on your own. This is Coach Colette sharing tips and ideas to help you be happier in the workplace.

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