What Employees Should Share in Their Self Review Comments

A common question we receive by employees is "what should I share in the comments of my review form".  Good question!

Don't forget the that that this the time to share your own goals (and even suggestions!) for the future with your boss. After all, you’re part of a team, and talking about what’s working, what’s not, and what would make you a better professional can only help your boss be a stronger leader. Plus, it’s a great chance to show that you’re committed to your success—and to the company’s.

We love these suggestions provided by Forbes magazine per research that they conducted with some entrepreneurs and the top nine things that they want to hear from their employees.

  1. What Makes You Happy

  2. How You Want to Grow

  3. What You’d Really Like to Work On

  4. How You Envision the Future

  5. How You Want to Contribute to the Company’s Success

  6. What You Need to Do Your Best Work

  7. Which New Technologies and Practices Would Work Better

  8. What You Want Your Boss to Stop Doing

  9. What Isn’t Working—and How to Make it Better

Other reminders to consider:

  • Be Proactive!  Follow up about prior conversations regarding improvements needed in your performance.  Share what you have tried to do that has worked or not worked.  Then share the solutions that you feel will work better moving forward.  None of us are perfect.  Bosses love it when you acknowledge what is important to them and demonstrate that you are trying.  The key is - be genuine and really try.  If you simply don't understand why the improvement is needed - ASK.  There is usually a good reason that you may not be aware of.  Then you can create a discussion to develop a solution together.
  • Be Honest!  Be honest with yourself and your manager.  Objectivity and showing the ability to be see the truth about your own performance is something that managers respect. Whether you share something you are proud of and want to do more of - or if you share an improvement needed that you are struggling with - managers appreciate you opening up and allowing them to see what you are thinking.  It makes you both better and more informed to discover and execute conclusions.
  • Don't Be Defensive in Difficult Situations!  This is a time for open dialog. Avoid language that blames others for your performance.  Stick to the situation's facts and always provide solutions along with the facts of the situation.  Demonstrate that you are professional and a team player and that you want the organization to win.