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

Performance Reviews Start November 27th!

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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 by some cute pups! :P

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Be specific and comprehensive

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Be specific, provide context, and be quantitative, if possible. The best way for your manager to understand what you contributed to this year, is to fully describe what you did and when you did it.

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 accomplishment (provide quantitative data if possible)?

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

Ask yourself what impact you had

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Connect your successes to your individual goals, team goals and/or 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 to 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 my accomplishment matter?

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

Tell them what you need to grow

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Take the opportunity to talk to your manager about your growth.

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

* What specially do you want to work on?
* What support you need from your manager to work on this (throwing your name in the hat for projects, building connections with different BuzzFeeders, trainings 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

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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 you and your teams 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 on what you wrote and want to add something

TLDR:

Use the SBI model to help you write about your accomplishments for your performance review. Make sure you describe the:

Situation- provide context to the situation (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....

Performance reviews start November 27. You can access them through Workday.

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