As an HR professional you focus most of your day on other employees. But when it comes time for annual reviews, in particular the self-review, it’s time to focus on you. This is your time to show the difference you’ve made over the year and how it has benefited the company as a whole. HR is more than processing benefits, payroll, documentation, etc. It’s about making a difference in the business and the everyday lives of that business’s employees.
Writing a self-review can be stressful. It can be hard to talk about yourself without feeling like you are bragging. But don’t look at it like bragging, look at it as if you are proving to the organization why you are a valuable business asset. Focus on showing the value you’ve brought to the organization over the past year. If you can’t show the value of what you do then it doesn’t matter how well you have performed.
Below are some tips to help you prepare for your next self-review:
1. Track and Document All Year Long
Don’t went until year-end to gather your accomplishments and their results. If it’s too late for 2016, keep this in mind for 2017. Save any kudos you receive internally or externally. Create a folder to save these in so you aren’t searching for them through 1,000’s of emails at year-end. Supervisors often forget about something great you did back in March by the time November or December rolls around.
2. Show Business Impact
Simply listing all the great things you’ve done isn’t enough. You must connect these accomplishments to important business objectives. Use hard data to show clear before and after results, then show how this connects to a larger organizational goal such as reducing costs or improving employee retention.
3. Focus on Quantifying Your Extraordinary Contributions
Too often HR managers simply submit a list of everything they did over the year. But just listing job duties you’ve performed isn’t enough to get those top 4- or 5-star ratings. Typically a 5-star rating means exceptional work has been performed, not just doing your job. So again, be sure to focus on the business impact. Here are some things to think about:
· Did you negotiate a new contract that was below your company’s approved costs?
· Did you reduce the cost of turnover? How?
· Did you improve the cost-per-hire through an innovative program?
4. Distinguish Yourself from Your Peers
In many organizations you are ranked against your peers as your supervisor decides what ratings to give. Think about times that you have stepped up without being asked or gone beyond the scope your everyday job. Point these out.
Taking these extra steps at review time can not only help improve your career within the organization, but also can help to justify budget increases within your department. If you can effectively prove ROI from your HR projects, your efforts will be better recognized and appreciated by leadership. Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader.