• Anyone else responsible for writing an employee self performance appraisal for 2012?

    Asked by gwendolyn on Monday, December 31, 2012

    Anyone else responsible for writing an employee self performance appraisal for 2012?

    Like many of you, I spent much of 2012 having unexpected cancer treatments. I continued to work part-time throughout the year. Needless to say, I didn't achieve much on my list of annual goals. I'm stymied on how to put a positive spin on my performance for 2012.

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      fortunately, no.....I've never liked doing this.....but can you highlight the things you've done and leave off the things not done and then if you have to talk about next year, include that as goals?

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I'm sure I will, but our company is on a fiscal instead of a calendar or "hire date" year, so I won't have to do it until March. My boss is aware of my situation. While I was off a total of about 7 and a half weeks for surgery, I won't mention that, but might mention that I only missed 2 days that were not directly related to days for chemo or doctor's appointments. Has your attendance been relatively good? Have you managed to keep a good attitude at work? Educated coworkers, if they know about your condition (mine do)? This might not apply to your company's bottom line, but these are some important things to consider. I hope that helps give you some ideas to find that positivity to put into your self review. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I don't exactly write self evaluations but I have evaluated my performance with my bosses every year of the 8.5 years I have been fighting cancer. I can say that some years have been better than others. The best thing to do is be positive but honest about what you accopmlished, what is left to do and how you plan on getting it done in the future. One thing that my journey has tought me is that at work I try and have someone that is a back up incase things go south. This is a good idea even for perfectly healthy people since you never know when someone might be hit by a truck or struck by cancer that will take them out of the work place. If your boss has learned that lesson then that is a positive. If you have a job that you can work from home or chemo (I hae done both) then do so as much as possible to keep up. Look to the future and make sure neext years goals take into account any treatment you anticipate. Good Luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Thankfully, I don't have to do those things.

      If I were to mention cancer, and I might if they were going to compare my goals last year with what I actually accomplished, then it would be along the lines of:

      Despite being diagnosed with and being treated for cancer I accomplished the following:

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller (Best Answer!)

      Maybe I can give the perspective from the Management Side. I was a Manager for Time Warner Cable for 21 years and Performance Evaluations were part of my job. My focus would not be on your time away from the job -- it would be on your performance while on the job. I would look for your growth, strengths and accomplishments-- so I would advise that you focus on this area. In the case of lost time due to cancer or any illness, I would not consider that to be a negative factor -- if anything, I would consider it admirable if you were able to accomplish a good performance while dealing with your illness. Don't make excuses or apologize for missed goals -- the reason is evident. Instead, be positive and creative (& realistic) in setting your goals for 2013. Don't be apologetic about something over which you had no control. Just let them know what the "new you" has to offer in the New Year -- put on your self confidence and let them know that you are a valuable asset!!! Good Luck!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I agree with Jenny Miller.

      Cancer shifted my perspective in many ways. It made me more empathetic toward others' lives in and outside the work environment, and shifted the perspective of others around me, who saw the most vulnerable side of me. I learned to be more than "all business".

      I learned to prioritize more, professionally and personally. Before cancer, I did everything possible. Now, I delegate more, better identify what is essential, and discard more of the non-essential. Learning to rely more on others was huge professional growth for me.

      I am better organized. Chemo brain does accommodate those who are disorganized in regards to calendars, notes, meeting agendas, etc. In fact, I would argue that my meeting now receive better reviews by participants than before cancer. I over-prepare.

      My surgeon told me once that chemo took away my superpower. Now, he said, I'm human. I am not "better than I used to be;" but, I am changed, and a few of those changes have benefitted me professionally.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Happy New Year 2 all. I had to write a self performance appraisal during the times when I wasn't sick. My advice to you is simply this - be honest. You are going through enough. No matter how others view your performance. You have accomplished much and in my eyes, you deserve excellent ratings in every area of your self performance appraisal.

      almost 4 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      I agree with many of the answers already posted. I already went through my 2011 review which was the year if diagnosis, bilateral mastectomy, and chemo . I am fortunate to have supportive management and my goals were prorated based on time in office. At my review last year they made a point of saying that now that I have gone through treatment and was done I'd be back to full goal for 2012. I knew that I was having more reconstructive surgery but did not highlight that. I knew my plan would be to focus on what I accomplished based on time in the office. Fortunately I kicked but and surpassed my goals despite about 8 weeks out for surgeries! Good luck to you! Happy New Year! Here's to a Healthy 2013!

      almost 4 years ago

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