I need to write my performance evaluation self assessment, and had several instances of missed deadlines during this review period, which I think was due to health, and other work pressures. I have never had similar issues previously, and have been long standing employee of the company,

My concern is :
- Do I need to mention the missed deadlines in my self-assessment?
- If I mention it, will I be perceived as a person with health issues, and someone who cant cope with the workload
- what impact will it have when I change employers, and they want copies of my previous performance evaluations.

Thank you

From Sri Lanka, Nugegoda
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Dinesh Divekar

Dear member,

The replies to your questions are as below:

a) Do I need to mention the missed deadlines in my self-assessment?

Reply: - If you write about missed deadlines in your self-assessment, then it will show that you take cognisance of your failures. If you do not write, then it could be interpreted that you are unconcerned or you do not even have a trace of remorse. Nevertheless, to justify the missed deadlines, do not do rationalisation by saying that in the past you did not miss them so what if you do it for the first time?

The heading of your post is "writing negatively on Performance Self-assessment". While providing the reasons for the missing deadlines, you need to be truthful. For the sake of being "positive", one cannot be untruthful. Neither positive thinking demands camouflaging the truth by falsehood. Therefore, come out of the trap of "positive thinking". Yes, positive thinking is important. To project, you are a positive person, you may show to the reviewer the action plan so that the problem of the missing deadlines does not recur.

(b) If I mention it, will I be perceived as a person with health issues, and someone who cant cope with the workload?

Reply: - The perceptions of the reviewer of the self-assessment will depend on what you write. What exactly was the "health issue"? Have you started suffering due to chronic disease? What medical treatment are you taking? Has the treatment shown tangible improvement? In your post, you have written the reasons for missing deadlines as "which I think was due to health, and other work pressures". What kind of "other work pressure" was it? Were you given more tasks than you could one but in the bargain you had bitten more than you could have chewed?

By the way, what is the meaning of "which I think was due to health"? Why you are "thinking"? Why are you uncertain about the reasons for the missing deadline? Is it that you are searching for the reasons and wanted to push "poor health" as the reason?

c) what impact will it have when I change employers, and they want copies of my previous performance evaluations.

Reply: - The performance evaluation or assessment is the internal matter of the company. The employers, while hiring a job candidate are expected to create robust recruitment practices so that they can filter out the unworthy candidates. However, they cannot rely on the performance evaluation done by the past employer of the candidate. Nevertheless, if some employer approaches the old employer to furnish the records of the past evaluations, most probably this strange demand could be declined. Therefore, your concerns on this count are unfounded.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

According to various studies, the honest self-assessment process is all that a performance review committee needs. In this changing era, where employers are taking care of the physical and mental health of their employees, itís better you write the real reasons in delicate language.

Your self evaluation must not be about self-appreciation only. You must write about the scope of improvement and how you can do better. So, writing about the missed deadlines and health issues along with stating the honest reasons behind them wonít hamper your appraisal and other selection processes.

Nowadays, the employers-employees relationship is changing and equal priority is given to employee engagement activities, transparent performance review, and happier workplaces. So, donít be rude or helpless in your language, just write an honest self-assessment copy. If your employers still don't understand or donít offer a space to justify your reasons, then it might be the red flag for you!

From India, Noida

Dear Colleague,
It is a very beautiful and meaningful question you raised. First of all our appreciations for such a valid Q.

A) Do I need to mention the missed deadlines in my self-assessment? If I mention it, will I be perceived as a person with health issues, and someone who cant cope with the workload

The answer is little tricky in this Materialistic World. It is like whether I should be Honest in writing my Self Appraisal or not? Here in my view take a practical view instead of " Idealistic View". What it is? ......Meeting dead lines is one measuring Parameter of the KPI that was fixed for your performance evaluation. But Remember that No Performance Evacuation Tool is perfect and end of the day there are so much of bias, heart burns, mistakes, favoritism and so on in every organization and one no one can raise their hand - my system is perfect etc. Hence if you are going to write all facts in GREEN in the self appraisal, it is not going to help any one as any Appraisal in my view is a Post Mortem of what was done in the past. Hence write it carefully without affecting your future career as well as without having a feeling of guilt. How it can be ?.........

In your self Appraisal begin with all Good work done by you in this specific period. You can also write about your future plans and how you wish to contribute to the organization further more realistically and practically what is possible. In case of certain dead lines missed you can mention it without hiding as we need to be loyal to the organization paying for you but mention with all valid reasons in a subtle manner and not as a main highlight in the self appraisal. You also mention for the misses what support you need from the organization and what resources required etc . Create a draft first, re-write and re-write again until you get a good draft which mainly talks more about your achievements in detail with all data points and in between the misses - your plans to over come - support required etc and then finally again your positive contributions and highlights at the end of the report. This will be like more about contributions and less about the misses in a balanced way as any how your manager will know all the details of your performance and you can not hide much. But within this this way you can over come.

B) what impact will it have when I change employers, and they want copies of my previous performance evaluations.

Normally the Performance Appraisal report is purely internal to the organization. When you change employers it is only asked more about the out come rating like whether you were- Outstanding Performer or Good Performer or Average Performer or your rating in the scale like 4 in 5 point scale or 3 etc. Hence The outcome is more referred by the prospective employers and not the entire report as it is purely internal document.

In the present world one should not be a TYPICAL BUDDHA but a TACTFUL BUDDHA of course with all honesty fusional with how to present.

Half glass empty or Half glass Full is the approach and you need to present your self as HALF GLASS IS FULL. Be also open to develop and take help from the organization to over come the shortfalls you know very well as it will chase you even if you change employers. The same performance measure will be there also and the running will never stop. It should be like a MARATHAN and not a SHORT RUN. Hence take concrete steps to keep LEARNING and FIT IN HEALTH to perform and work in this competitive world to be useful to the employer as well as to the depending family. God Bless !!!

From India, Chennai

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