If you work in Corporate America then you've been subjected to the annual performance review.
Regardless how well you've performed you sweat it out waiting for the feedback and results that you'll get back from your manager. You're literally at the mercy of someone telling you how well "they think" you're doing your job.
Listen.... I'm not on the side of saying that performance reviews are worthless, as I think there needs to be an open channel of communication for how you're performing as an employee.
BUT.... I think it's important that employees look at the performance review with the right perspective and how to truly measure their "true" value and worth.
Let's face it, managers are human and with humans we have biases, preferences, flaws, and other circumstances that contributes to how we evaluate others against our own standards.
According to Gallup's report: “Only 15% of the world’s one billion full-time workers are engaged at work. It is significantly better in the U.S., at around 30% engaged, but this still means that roughly 70% of American workers aren’t engaged. It would change the world if we did better.”
Adding in all of that and the human evaluation element of your manager, you can see why you shouldn't allow your performance review to truly define who you are or your worth.
But here's how you should determine your true worth.....
What gives you purpose and meaning in life. If you're a doctor, attorney or some other field you know without a doubt then it's like you've already found it.
However, if you're working a cubical or desk job just to survive and pay the bills then it's time to change your perspective.
Think about the special gifts and talents you have that truly defines who you are. Maybe you're an amazing cook, photographer, event planner, or some other special talent.
This is your true value, not your performance review.
We live in a time where you can work 40+ hours per week, after work use your gifts to serve others (and get paid), and still have time for yourself and your family.
I remember in 2008-2009, I was laid off during the financial crisis and I was the perfect employee. Always had a great reviews with positive feedback and that still didn't prevent my company from walking me out the door.
It was shortly after that I discovered the things I love and start to lean in on them to truly discover my value.
Today I'm a published author, blogger, non-tech founder, and freelancer. I've taken complete control of my life and will never again put my true worth in the hands of anyone else.
My true worth comes from the customers I serve and being able to exceed their expectations. In doing so, I've been able to define what I'm truly worth. You can't put a price on that.
If you've been hit by a negative performance review, keep your head up and realize that's not the true worth of who you are. Your true value is within you and now is the time to discover it.
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