Word has it that we are currently in an employer’s job market meaning that many companies are more easily able to find prospective employees with the skills they want and need. That also means that if they find someone who they believe might be better (more motivated, greater work ethic, more flexible or more skilled) than you, they might well be inclined to replace you. In the least that’s interesting and at the most it’s simply concerning or just scary. So what can you do about it? There is something and given the beginning of the New Year, it’s timely.
In many companies, the New Year signals the annual review time. Whether it’s dreaded or positively anticipated has to do with a couple of things. The reviewer in terms of how much effort they put into it and importance they place on it. To the reviewee the review is impacted in terms of how seriously they hear and accept it. However, in today’s employer’s job market, your forthcoming review is your opportunity to minimize the risk of your boss being
open to finding your replacement. Here is a fairly straight forward to-do list for making your next review the cement that provides greater job security.
- Your own personal attitude toward your review
- What is the value you want and anticipate getting from it?
- What are reasons that keep you from actually wanting to have a review and what can you do to rethink and alter your attitude?
- How can your review help you to grow and improve in your work and thus, enhance your value to the organization?
- How do you want to ‘be’ as a reviewee … how do you want to be perceived by your reviewer?
- What are the things you have accomplished in the last i.e. year that have increased your value to the job?
- Where have you seen growth and what can you point at that confirms this growth?
- What accomplishments have you made that reflect the input you received from your previous review?
- What are things that you have set as your personal growth goals for the coming year?
- What is your devised plan for achieving these goals?
- How can your company/boss help you to achieve them?
- What do you need to do in order to make your review an interactive meeting as one who takes it as an opportunity to increase their value to the organization?
- What is the level of interest and attitude that you want to convey to your reviewer?
- How do you want your reviewer to perceive you in this meeting and what is that going to require on your part?
It is generally known and true that replacing a person is more costly than helping someone already there improve in ways that will enhance their value and benefit. That’s not going to change and yet, with today being the employer’s market it does make it tempting for some to ‘look around’.
Spending the time to consider and have answers to the above question will only help to make you a willing and interested participant in your review meeting. Showing your interest and really preparing for your review enables you to come across as the one to keep. You will be making the boss less interested in looking elsewhere at the same time you get what you want … your job and its’ potential! Seems like this is a winner from all sides AND it actually s inexpensive cement … just your time and attitude.