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The Importance of Periodic Self-Evaluations
You and everyone already knows the importance of employers conducting periodic evaluations on their employees, but they are not the only ones who should be checking on your work. Take the time every few months or when you switch projects to take a step back and look at yourself. Are you at the top of your game? There are a few important questions that you need to ask in order to ensure you are working at your fullest capacity and being an asset to the company.
First, take a look at the projects you are working on. Have you been consistently meeting deadlines? If not, why? Are you not being productive or is this an issue outside of your control?
The next thing to look at is your attitude. What is your expression when you walk into work every morning? How well are you interacting with your coworkers? Are you approaching your work with positivity or with dread?
These questions lead to: how is your attitude affecting your work? Are you putting your focus into work or are you distracted by something else? How is your life going outside of the office? Is there anything preventing you from working at 100%?
The questions are not hard, but it is important that you are completely honest with yourself. It can be hard to admit that you might not be doing your best work, but the sooner you confront this issue the sooner it can be fixed. This is why periodic self-evaluations are so important; you do not want to wait until your manager notices that something is wrong with your work because at that point it might be too late to fix it. Take the time to check in with yourself and see what you are doing well and what can be improved. This will affect your attitude, productivity, workmanship, and overall status as a valuable employee.