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Steps following a bad review

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Facing your manager during a bad performance review might seem like a seven second ride on a rodeo bull. After you pick yourself off the ground and dust yourself off, there are a few steps to consider before you climb back on.
Keep the review confidential, it’s a matter between you and your employer. Sprouting your anger and frustration all over the office will jeopardize your reputation and even your career.
Before any action, absorb. Let the review sink in and then honestly assess. Did your manager make valid points? Step back and try to visualize from management’s perspective. Perhaps productivity has fallen off. Only when you own the problem can you solve it.
Could it be possible that your boss is overlooking details that lead to the bad review? Unfair expectations or lack of support may have put you at a disadvantage. Gather data to substantiate your conclusions. Find constructive ways to bring the issues into conversation. If you have to defend your work, do so in a logical and diplomatic manner. “I may have underestimated the time to complete the report.” vs. “The report would have been on time had you not heaped more work on me.”
Conduct a personal assessment. Identify inadequate traits as well as your strong points. If you need help in certain areas, acknowledge the fact and ask for assistance. With your manager, come up with a quantifiable strategy to get you on track. Monitor progress, identify any setbacks, and stay focused. Request a second review at a defined time.



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