Getting good grades in performance appraisals (PA) is a no brainer for those people who love their jobs. They can waltz right through their 8-5 daily routines and still get A’s in their PAs. But for people who hate their jobs, getting an average rating from the boss is an uphill climb, how much more the annual PAs. For these people, quitting is not an option. The country has yet to solve the unemployment crisis. So they are stuck with the job they don’t like and they need to survive. Here are three tips to not only survive it, but also to Ace it:
Keep Positive Attitude
It is definitely hard to be positive in an environment you hate; well you just have to suck it up, at least for a short period of time. As much as possible put aside your true feelings and grace a positive face, even if you have to fake it. Sometimes pretending you love what you do, will at least make you get through the day. Having a positive attitude in everything you do in your office will help especially during the peer evaluation. This will also be a plus during your superior’s evaluation. Being positive does not mean being a kiss-ass, it means that no matter how bad you feel inside and how bad people are around you, your respond with a smile. If you don’t feel like smiling, at least contort your muscle to give an almost genuine smile. It is going to pay off in the PAs eventually. You know that you don’t have the heart to do exceptionally good in your work, so you have to take advantage of this peer evaluation error called “the halo” effect. If you emit an overall positive attitude, your colleagues might respond in a likely manner to your advantage and rate you higher than you really deserve. In your boss’s eyes, you might even stand out among your equals who show their true emotions.
Vent it Out
Keeping a happy face will never be easy. Give yourself a break and create an anonymous twitter or facebook account and vent your stress there. This is psychologically helpful. By all means, do anything legal that can help you vent out your frustration. Don’t let your emotions control you. The goal is to keep your job and nail the PAs. Find a way that your emotions can be released without affecting your performance.
Do your assigned task
You don’t have to be really good; you just have to do what is expected. In the PAs, they will evaluate the most basic requirements for each worker. A consistent average worker usually fair better than a worker with inconsistent excellent performance. The key is to simply get the job done. But seeing you, a consistent doer of tasks with that consistent positive attitude at work will definitely improve your PA rates. You also have been smiling around that your colleagues won’t even mind if you get an A in your PAs or get promoted. And if all comes to your favor, your bosses might even use your self evaluation to really assess your strengths. Who knows? Pretty soon they may assign you to a position you really want.