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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm due for a performance review at work and have discussed as much with my boss, a very nice woman.
I know there are things I need to work on, but I also know there are things that I've worked my a** on. I'm worried that I'll end up more focused on the things that didn't work than the things that did. (Given my very sensitive nature on criticism)
I''m not expecting a bad review, per se.. but I am expecting a review that might not make me feel good. (Though performance reviews never were my favorite things) I've had both extremely good reviews and 1 extremely bad review (ending with me leaving the company 1 month later), but never anything in between. And I'm expecting something in between this go-round. Which I KNOW isn't bad, but I'm not sure my anxiety is cooperating on this idea.
I think I might need some words of wisdom or at least something to repeat in my head to remind myself that this is an opportunity to improve myself and receive credit for what i have done and not necessarily a critique on my performance or person.

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   Posted 11/13/2007 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello redshoe,

I understand that job evaluations may be stressful.  Here is my best advice for you. :-)

Taking criticism is not always easy, but you can use it to your advantage and make it a positive and useful key to learning. The key is to not to overreact and get defensive. This is hard to do because it is human nature to be sensitive.

We become defensive when someone tells us we are not right or have not done well. It can take a very objective, rational individual to handle criticism, but you can handle criticism by practicing it more effectively.

Once you have learned to handle criticism effectively, you can take what is said and apply the criticism and suggestions to make what you are doing more efficient. Usually the person giving the criticism would be a teacher, employer or mentor and would have more experience in what is needed and would have more knowledge to make it better.

It is a good thing to remember to accept the person's suggestions and comments and thank them for their comments. Usually the goal in constructive criticism is to critique an individual so they will benefit or improve.

I hope you can learn to practice accepting this evaluation as a positive in your life. I believe you will go far in your career and never stop learning. 

Gentle Hugs to you and good luck.


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