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Don’t be haunted by the annual appraisal

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There are few procedures as un­mo­­tivating as annual performance reviews. The consulting firm Achievers polled 3,000 staff members from American companies—a quarter of whom work in human resources—and found 98% of them think annual reviews are unnecessary.

To minimize the pain involved with getting feedback and maximize your professional growth, you should be proactive in seeking out regular input on your performance, says Chris Barez-Brown, author of Free! Love Your Work, Love Your Life.

If you lead a meeting, finish early and ask attendees how you did. Have frequent conversations with your boss about what you’re doing well and what you could be doing better. Take control of your career and you’ll always know how you’re doing.

— Adapted from “Why annual appraisals don’t work: ask your boss for daily feedback instead,” Chris Barez-Brown, The Guardian.

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