Skip To Content

    4 Tips On How To Write A Self Evaluation As Told With Puppies

    Performance Reviews happen every year, let’s get ready!

    by ,

    Performance reviews are here and it is your time to showcase your contributions to BuzzFeed!

    Here are some tips on how to write your review with help from some cute pups! :P

    Be specific and comprehensive

    greatestgifsofalltime.tumblr.com / Via giphy.com

    The first thing you want to do is be specific, provide context, and be quantitative, whenever possible. The best way for your manager to understand what you contributed to this year, is to fully describe what you did, when you did it and the impact it had.

    You do this by providing the when, what, how, who, and why! Here are some questions to consider:

    * When did you take on this project, initiative, etc..?
    * Why did you take this on? What was the need?
    * Who did you collaborate with? Who else was involved and in what way?
    * What did you do to solve the problem or accomplish the goal?
    * How did you accomplish the goal?
    * What was the impact of the accomplishment (provide quantitative data if possible)?
    * What others ways have you contributed to BF outside of your core responsibilities (ERG involvement/ collaborating with outside orgs etc..?)

    Example: During mental health week, this past October, I asked if I could lead our team's brainstorm. I took the initiative to not only schedule the brainstorm but to also coordinate with the beauty/style and celebrity teams to co-partner on our video push.

    Ask yourself what the impact was

    reddit.com / Via giphy.com

    Next you want to connect your successes to your individual goals, team goals and the company goals.

    Instead of writing a bulleted list of things you did, pick 3 accomplishments you had this year that connect directly to your goals and/or the teams goals, to show that you are contributing to BuzzFeed's success .

    When sharing what you worked on, make sure to tie back the specific situation you are describing to how it directly affected your work, your team and/or the company. Why does this accomplishment matter?

    Example: ... We were able to generate 8 video ideas which were all produced and get over 350,000 shares with 3/8 videos getting over 2 million views.

    *Also don't forget to consider Anytime Feedback that you may have received throughout the year in Workday. It is a great way to showcase what your peers are thinking in regards to the work you are doing!

    Tell them what you need to grow

    gifbay.com / Via giphy.com

    On a separate note, Take the opportunity to talk to your manager about your growth.

    In your performance review, you will be asked what areas you want to improve on moving forward. This is a time to discuss your development goals. Consider the following questions:

    * What specially do you want to work on?
    * What support do you need from your manager (e.g., throwing your name in the hat for projects, building connections with different BuzzFeeders, training, etc..)?
    * How could it positively affect your work, the team, and/or BuzzFeed?

    Example: Something I have realized that would help me in my role is being able to learn photoshop. Part of my role is to create decks for our clients to understand why they should partner with BuzzFeed. Having more aesthetically pleasing decks would increase our credibility in our clients eyes. Would I be able to get photoshop on my laptop, work with the art desk, and potentially take a class on photoshop?

    Take your time

    reddit.com / Via giphy.com

    Don't forget to give yourself plenty of time to complete your review and don't do it all at once.

    Your performance review is your time to let your manager know the impactful work you have been doing for the last year.

    * Write down the initiatives you have worked on this year
    * Pick 3 accomplishments that are directly connected to your goals, your team's goals and have a direct impact
    * Take an initial try at writing out specifically what you did and the impact it had
    * Take a break. Perhaps use this time to ask a peer what they think about your accomplishments
    * Come back to what you wrote and see if you have a new perspective and anything else to add.

    TLDR:

    Use the Situation-Behavior-Impact model to help you write about your accomplishments for your performance review. Let's use the examples from above to see how we can apply this model:

    Situation- provide context to the situation (the who, where, when, why etc..)

    example: during mental health week, this past October, I asked if I could lead our teams brainstorm....

    Behavior- detail what you did (how did you respond in the situation?).

    example: ...I took the initiative to not only schedule the brainstorm but also coordinate with the beauty/style and celebrity teams to co-partner on our video push...

    Impact- how did your behavior contribute to the bigger picture

    example: ...we were able to generate 8 video ideas which were all produced and get over 350,000 shares with 3/8 videos getting over 2 million views....

    Ohh and here is one last pup... CAUSE LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!!!

    redditian.com / Via Giphy

    AREN'T YOU JUST DYING???!!!!