Are you preparing for your year-end performance review? While we understand that some professionals feel they are unnecessary, others feel they are not accurate representations of their work year, it is also true that they are a standard part of many companies and industries. And it’s a market of candidates or employees today, so no matter how they used to be for you, this is a great opportunity to negotiate with your manager.
We understand that negotiating makes many people feel uncomfortable. We understand. We work with professionals every day, helping them feel more confident in negotiating and asking for what they want, confidently and efficiently. In the current climate of the workplace, employees have more power than ever. So here are some things we recommend asking during your next performance review.
Ask what growth opportunities there are this year. Many professionals ignore talking to their managers about their own Career goals. But really, reviewing your performance is a great opportunity to talk to your boss about your career aspirations for the coming year. Ask them what opportunities are available to you. For example, can you take on more responsibility or get promoted? If not, what should you work on over the coming year? Be prepared to get feedback from your manager and be open to setting some smaller goals if your boss feels you need some more experience.
Ask for the corner office you always wanted. If you return to the office, employers know that many employees do not feel comfortable and are willing to make adjustments to help with the transition. Is there a particular office space that you have always kept an eye on? Without being outrageous, let your boss know you would love to move to the corner office or third floor for a better view from your window. Discuss together what is practical and logical based on the time you worked with your company and department.
Apply for hybrid or remote work. If you do not want to return to the office full time, before you just quit your job, talk to your boss about Works remotely Or in a hybrid position. When many employees leave their jobs, managers are more likely to be flexible with their current employees. What is realistic for your job and can exceptions be made? Be sure to present your plan to your boss, including what your schedule will be and how you would communicate with co-workers who are indeed returning to the office.
Ask for a raise or additional benefits. In general, a year-end performance review is the time when salaries can be renegotiated. However, since the epidemic is still affecting some industries, a higher wage may not be an option right now, even if you deserve to get one. Investigate your company and industry to see how they got along during the plague. You can also make quiet inquiries into your network connections. If you find a pay raise may not be possible at this time, we recommend that you be willing to negotiate additional benefits instead. For example, can you get a higher number of shares or put more money into the pension fund available in your company? Can you get a higher level of insurance coverage? Can you negotiate further on PTO?
When negotiating, keep in mind that you will probably not get everything you want. You will need to compromise with your manager. Choose the 1-2 top things you would really like to get away with, and also think about what you would be happy with if you had to compromise. For example, if you can not get the corner office, would you be happy with an office with a large window instead? If you can not work full time remotely, would you enjoy flexible working hours a few days a week? And if your manager is not willing to compromise on anything you want, would you still be happy to work there?
We can help you feel confident and very prepared for your performance review. Schedule a free consultation today!