What You Should Tell Your Boss at Your Next Performance Review

Employee Advice | PreviewMe | 1 October 2018

It’s no secret, performance reviews can be nerve-racking things, however, they are a necessary part of employment. Performance reviews are an excellent opportunity to have a meaningful two-way conversation with your managers about your position within the company.

At your next review, make an effort to actively contribute to the review by sharing your thoughts, ambitions, challenges and ideas around the company and your role.


All the positives

Get off on the right note, start your review by outlining all the positive aspects of your job and the company. Whether you are loving the work you’re doing, the company culture or exposure to different things, share this.

As part of this, make sure you share the tasks you have a desire to make your own. This could be anything from managing the companies social media presence, playing a bigger part in large projects, or a desire to increase your holistic knowledge of the company.

While your manager may not be able to guarantee you an increased role at the time, it will show your desire to learn and grow. It will put you at the forefront of your managers' mind next time a big project comes on board or when an opportunity arises.


Additional skills you may have

While we all tend to think of ourselves as an untapped superstar that has limitless skills and ability, chances are your manager isn’t aware of every skill you possess. However, your next performance review is the perfect opportunity to highlight the skills you believe aren’t being utilised.

When you do bring them up, don’t simply list them off. Consider how these skills can translate into your work capacity. This is your chance to show how your skills can benefit the company and produce tangible results.


What you may need to continue

If there is something you believe will increase your ability to be successful in your role, don’t hesitate to bring it up. If your manager sees the value in your request, chances are they’ll be more than happy to accommodate the request.

However, this doesn’t mean you should ask for a three-day working week. It is your chance to ask for that software upgrade or an opportunity to attend a course or seminar that you feel will benefit both you and the company.


All the achievements and milestones you’ve hit

You may not like being a self-promoter but sometimes to get ahead in a workplace you may need to make your achievements known to those in power. It is important your manager is aware of your achievements and what drives you at work.

As you are discussing them with your manager, make sure you state what the major benefits were for the company. For example, you may have streamlined your recruitment process by introducing video, which in turn decreased the time it took to fill a role.

A good practice to get into is creating a list of all your achievements and milestone you’ve hit in your time at the company. While this is a good motivation tool for yourself, refer to it when it comes to your review. This will help you understand and then discuss your impact on the companies success.


Where you can see improvement

From your managers perspective, performance reviews are a great platform to seek feedback on where you think improvements can be made. Whether this is in their leadership style or with company processes. This is a good, formal platform for you to bring issues too light and discuss them with your manager. However, if you are going to bring an issue up, come armed with a solution.

It is important to remember that if the issue is with their managerial style, try not to personally attack them. Provide constructive feedback on how they can improve for the betterment of the company.


Your 12-month plan

During a review, don’t be surprised if your manager asks you what your long-term plan is. Where do you see yourself in the next 12-months? Do you see yourself in the same role or moving up? Or, do you see yourself not with the company? If you are asked these questions, be truthful with your manager, don’t try and tell them what you think they want to hear.

If you do see yourself at the company for the foreseeable future, this is a good chance to outline how your growth and their commitment to you will positively impact the company.


A performance review is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate to your manager your worth to the company. Use your review to highlight the positive impacts you’ve had on the company and your desire to continue growing and learning.