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Yep, office employee reviews.
It's time to fill in the blanks for your annual goals.
List the lessons learned.
And try to smille while discussing everyone's worst year ever.
Humor? Honesty? Quotes from bartlett's?
How to begin?
After witnessing the carnage of 2010, I'm having some trouble figuring out my "personal professional goals".
Has anyone managed to charm their way through one of these things?
It's not a lie if you believe it.
Convince yourself that 2010 was just like any other year you've ever worked, and it's going to be like this forever.
Talk about excelling in stressful survivor-island situations. Mention your personal goal of putting together 15% more proposals this year. Talk about construction as some kind of a career experience you plan on participating in before you retire.
staying employed might be a good one....
hilarious, my old firm is doing this for the first time.
though they've completed several visible projects in the last 2 years and still haven't managed to figure out how a job sign works. whoops!
so, holz, they laid off a bunch of people and then they instituted performance reviews? that's a little creepy.
yeah, especially for the people still there.
tho... failing to put up job signs where several thousand passersby per day would have seen them might give a sense as to why they waited so long to institute performance reviews.
Excellent point about the survival island situatuation...That's pretty much how we're operating.
Side note, the staff was cut in half this year and work is still sort of light.
So this review has more of an "interviewing for my job" edge.
It's that time of the year again...when the knives come out.
How does your company do it?
If it's done by an employer, it's got to be bad.
The bad economy has little to do with professional goals. Now more than ever you have to think about your own career and how you will make your future a bright one. If things are slow in the office, then there is no excuse not to do one or all of the following:
- get licensed if you are not.
- get LEED, study up on green principles, become a leader in the field.
- research every thing there is to know about lighting, (or acoustics, or anything else that interests you) and become the office go to person about all of the new technologies, how to use them, how to design with them, etc. Make yourself an expert about something.
- improve your project management skills. Become more organized, more efficient, and help your office improve its processes.
- Become a guru on some new software. revit, 3-d stuff, excel, whatever- become the person everyone asks for help. work every day at sketching thinking in three dimensions or improving your design skills.
- Improve your communication and client skills. Make a point of thanking someone for something at least once a week. Reach out to clients, client contacts, contractors, etc regularly, and maintain excellent relationships. Make a point of going out of your way to help a consultant, contractor, vendor etc: the favor will be returned.
All that you do should be sincere. If you are not passionate about at least some aspect of the profession, and if you do not want to be in charge of your own career, then you SHOULD be worried about your future. A review is not "when the knives come out". A review should help you improve: sometimes this means you need to hear about your shortcomings. And everyone has shortcomings so don't get all freaked out about it.
guys might want to be careful i think companies actually read these posts, just saying