Essay on Writing Self-Evaluation
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I believe it is important for any student who wants to do their best in a class to take a moment to evaluate their own work to determine the rate their writing is progressing and how they can continue to advance their writing. When I looked through my own work I asked myself “what have I learned this semester?” and “what do I still need to learn in order to improve my writing?”. Answering both these questions will help me with my last step of my self-evaluation, developing a plan to learn new skills.
During this semester, I have strengthened my writing by trying new writing techniques, learning about purpose, and finding new ways of combating writers block. My first essay in this class was less focused then the essays I wrote later in…show more content…
I have struggled with writer's block with often. In the past, I've learned to take breaks while writing to help alleviate symptoms of writers block; however, during the semester I have learned to carry a pad of paper with me so that I can write down idea's while they are fresh in my mind. Writing down my thoughts has helped me avoid writers block because I have a list of thoughts about the subject before I have even started writing. When I struggle less to write it improves my essay's by decreasing my stress, this can be seen in my writing. I was afflicted with writer's block while trying to write both my compare and contrast essay and my description essay, this caused me a lot of stress and caused my essay to suffer. On the other hand, when I wrote my classify and divide essay I did not have to deal with writer's block. As a result the stress level was greatly decreased and the improvement is substantial.
Although my writing has made some good progress during the course of this semester, I still some things I need to learn in order to keep improving my writing. Grammar, writing in an active voice, and building my rewrite skills are three examples of skills I need to build upon to continue to improve me writing.
Even though my grammar has improved during the progression of this class, I still have a lot to learn before my knowledge of grammar can contribute to my writing. I have never had an aptitude for
While many bosses may frown upon employees who boast about their accomplishments in the workplace, there is a time and place for that type of bragging. Self-evaluations, which are typically one component of the performance-review process, give employees the opportunity to make sure their employer knows all they have done in the last six months or year. Since many bosses typically have numerous employees reporting to them, self-evaluations — also known as self-assessments— are the perfect time for employees to remind bosses about the projects they completed and the goals they met.
Although self-evaluations aren't the sole measure of how employees performed and whether they deserve a promotion or raise — or even be let go — self-evaluations should be taken seriously because they do play a role in the process. Laura Kerekes, chief knowledge officer at ThinkHR, said self-evaluations are an opportunity for employees to provide their boss with a balanced assessment of their contributions to the organization's success throughout the entire review period.
"It is your time to make sure that your manager is aware of the accomplishments you are most proud of and to give you an opportunity to have a discussion with him or her about your career goals and job progression path within the company," Kerekes told BusinessNewsDaily."So don't just reflect on how you think you are doing on the job, but use it as an opportunity to reflect on where you are going with your career." [Self-Assessment: Tips for Employees Writing Performance Reviews]
Sharlyn Lauby, president of ITM Group Inc., a consulting firm focused on developing training solutions that engage and retain talent in the workplace, said managers spend a lot of time preparing performance evaluations and that employees should be doing the same.
"Self-evaluations aren't some time-wasting activity trumped up by management," Lauby said. "The self-evaluation allows all stakeholders to have a performance discussion after significant thought."
While all employees want to present themselves in the best light possible, Lauby believes it's critical that they don't overembellish what they accomplished during the review period.
"If you do, the company will not take your comments seriously," Lauby said. "Objectively think about the things that you've done well and the things you'd do differently."
Because many bosses have multiple employees reporting to them, it can often be difficult to keep track of who did what. Peter Cappelli, an HR expert and professor of management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said self-evaluations are a safety valve to deal with supervisors who aren't always in touch with what's happening with their staff or who aren't privy to how or why things happened they way they did.
"Outlining constraints on your ability to get work done, for example, or reasons why performance was hampered, is always a good idea," Cappelli said.
Though employees should do their best to trumpet all of their accomplishments, it is also important that they come off confident, rather than arrogant, to their bosses. Kerekes said employees need to take a balanced approached when completing their self-evaluations.
"Provide your feedback regarding your performance with hard data and facts — those speak for themselves — and then you won't have to brag," she said.
Additionally, employees should include some of their weaknesses in a self-evaluation in order to show they are being objective. Kerekes said that not acknowledging areas that need improvement can diminish even the greatest accomplishments in management's view.
When describing areas for improvement, Kerekes advises employees to exhibit a strong desire for critical feedback and an interest in turning those weaknesses into strengths. She said it is important that employees take responsibility for the projects that didn't get finished or goals that weren't met, rather than blaming someone else in the office.
"Most importantly, don't blame others for your work that was not up to standard," Kerekes said. "Nothing turns managers off more than employees who make excuses for their missteps or take the opportunity to point out the weaknesses of project leaders, bosses, co-workers or other key stakeholders involved in the work."
Lauby said it is key for employees to present their shortcomings not as weaknesses, but as opportunities for improvement. "Present it as an opportunity to learn," she said. "Be prepared to discuss how learning that new skill or improving it would benefit their job and the company."
Kerekes said employees should also use their self-evaluations to ask some pointed questions to their bosses as a way to show them that they are concerned not only with their own performance, but also the company's growth. Questions she encourages employees to ask in their self-assessment include the following:
- Where do you see the biggest opportunities for the company to grow during the upcoming year?
- What are our major priorities?
- Am I on track to participate in those projects?
- What would you (management) like to see me work on?
- Do I have my priorities set properly?
- Am I spending time on the right things?
- How could I make your job easier and free you up for more important things?
Cappelli said employees shouldn't use clichés just because they think that's what their bosses want to hear.
"I don't see that any [specific words or phrases] are particularly useful unless your supervisor is a big fan of buzzwords," Cappelli said.
While the written part of the self-evaluation is essential, Lauby said the discussion that occurs after it's written may be even more valuable. She said it is important that employees not only present their perspective, but also listen to what their manager is saying.
"It's an important time for making sure you and your manager view your performance in the same way," Lauby said. "Staying objective and really listening will demonstrate a positive outlook and enthusiasm about work."
In the end, Kerekes said employees should keep the focus of their self-evaluations on their accomplishments as well as their career path and development.
"When you emphasize your willingness to take direction and critical feedback, it demonstrates your desire to become a better employee," she said. "Ask for training or coaching, and exhibit your desire to learn."
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.