Mid Year Review Time - Check the Pulse
Mid Year Review Time - Check the Pulse and get your Training in
It's half way through the year and you should be looking at your mid-year reviews by now. What have you accomplished this year and have you gained all the skills you set out for your yearly goals? STOP, ASSESS and TAKE ACTION! Mid-year reviews are a great way to check the pulse half way through the year. It’s like the every forgotten New Year resolutions where we all start off with a number of objectives and before we know it, time is zooming by and one has not even stopped to check in where the accomplishments have reached.
Of course, we all know that targets and resolutions change and often the list of ten things we started off at the beginning of the year has probably changed completely or is no longer a priority. Usually if you are committed to a better year to focus on self-improvement, that list will remain and it’s up to you to take charge now. Here are five areas for checking the pulse and taking ACTION:
1. Self Development & Learning. What have I really learned this year? New projects? New relationships? Things you did well, things which are in a mess? Even in your career you should be looking at learning something new… Learning new skills is always great but sometimes one also needs to brush up on those ‘usual’ way of doing things. Take the opportunity to learn a new skill, advance on your existing skills and/or take up a new hobby
2. Check Mistakes. Mistakes are the best lessons for learning, but sometimes can kill your confidence!! If you have gone through this year without any mistakes, then take the pulse… are you staying stagnant?… jump in and learn something new… re-assess those areas and look at ways to improve – communication, learning new products etc and if you have made mistakes, learn and assess. If it’s work related you have time to assess and fix things by the end of the year – talk to your manager, acknowledge your mistakes and ask for assistance to get you to shine by year end!
3. Check Habits. Habits are the easy way out – it’s a natural way of being for most. But not everyone will accept your habits and these habits could be affecting and impacting your performance. Simple things like ten coffee breaks a day or smoking breaks do get noticed. Even if it’s your way to check out of an intense few hours. Break your habits, find better break moments like a chat with a peer and you will see healthier options result in better clearer minds at work. Go and take a workshop outside the office and meet new people.
4. Relationship Management. If you didn’t already know this, relationships are the key in every aspect of life - from your neighbors, when you have a crisis at home or your office colleagues, when you need some quick advice or favor from someone to jump in for a few extra late nights and get that project done. Relationship management is the building block and foundation of your growth. Take a pulse check and review your support system. Meet people, stick to schedules, don’t let people down or cancel last minute, and communicate regularly especially with your manager!
5. Time Management. Mid-year and you are still wondering where the time is gone? Now is the time to check into managing that time. There is less than six months left to get some of those accomplishments in. Start by re-prioritization, recalibrate where you are and get some last minute courses in. If you need a Time management course, get in touch now
And finally, for those mid year reviews, whether your company has an established process or not; facilitate frequent communication and periodic reviews between supervisors and employees for your own mutual benefit so there are no surprises at the end of the year. Usually, a mid-year review is not a formally monitored part of the performance appraisal process, but it is recommended that the mid-year review be used not only to benefit those during the appraisal period, as it will help employees and supervisors recalibrate their performance objectives and goals throughout the year so that the formal performance appraisal process can be more rewarding.