How to Handle Negative Feedback During Annual Performance Reviews

As year-end rolls around, no matter when your fiscal year occurs, you know it equates to one thing: Feedback!

Well, if the review is not so sunny and bright, there are a few pointers to keep in mind as per The New York Post.

For starters, keep your cool. Jodi Glickman, author of Great on the Job explains, “If you can’t keep your composure, say that it’s not what you expected, that you’re disappointed and excuse yourself.” You can always continue the conversation later on when you’re less emotional.

Once reality sinks in, Dan Schawbel recommends taking stock if it isn’t your first negative review with this company. The author of the forthcoming book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, tells the newspaper, “But don’t quit until the new job is in hand.” 

Paul Falcone has another take on it. The human resources executive and author of The Performance Appraisal Toolkit says you can always bend what your boss has tossed to you. Involve him or her in the process and make your boss accountable as well. Although it’s important to own up to your part, too maybe expectations weren’t too clear and that’s why your performance fell flat in the first place.

Explain you’ll ramp up efforts to get on track if you get a clear understanding of what he or she wants. “During that conversation, enlist him as a partner in guiding you toward getting that done. Check in with him regularly to make sure you’re on track.” Falcone adds, “If he keeps saying yes, it’s going to be very hard for your boss to give you a bad review in the future.”