I’ve just had my annual appraisal and it didn’t go well in my eyes. While I did get positive feedback and praise over certain things I have done in the last year, i really felt she focused on some of the negatives, mainly my lack of confidence (sometimes) and “I cant do X because I need someone to do X” – apparently this is me complaining about other people too much and sounding very unhappy in my job?
I worked all throughout the pandemic when every other member of staff apart from 2 was furloughed. I’ve single handily kept the face of the company going this past year and today I was told I wasn’t getting a pay rise. I was devastated. When the appraisal finished I closed the laptop and hard, ugly cried. I was told the reason I wont get a pay rise is because of the current climate (even though I know two of my colleagues have just had a pay rise) They said they will review this “soon”. Sadly, “soon” in my company never comes. They say I am appreciated but I just want them to show me – I’m on my knees most days, snowed under, what else can I do to prove my worth?
I suppose, after rambling on – my question is this: what to do next? Do I start looking for a job where they will appreciate me more and I will achieve a better, more industry-standard salary? Do I wait it out and hope that the financial reward comes in time? I’m stumped.
I am sorry to hear that you felt so upset following your appraisal. I hope that you have since had time to reflect and possibly are not feeling as disappointed.
To answer your question simply, I would ask yourself whether you were feeling content in your job prior to your appraisal. If the answer is yes, then I think it would definitely be worth you seeking to improve the situation as opposed to leaving. If, however, the answer is no, then perhaps this appraisal was the sign you needed to move on and apply your skills elsewhere.
Putting on my HR hat for a minute, here are some key things that should take place at an appraisal:
The objective of an appraisal is to discuss and review the employee’s performance, potential and development. This is a chance for the employer to help improve your future job performance by identifying your strengths and weaknesses and determine how strengths can best be utilised and how weaknesses can be overcome. The whole point of the appraisal is to be constructive, not critical. Did you feel that your appraisal was carried out accordingly? If not, do not be afraid to go and speak with your line manager and clarify that the appraisal did not give you scope for development. Such information could be crucial for landing that pay rise.
When you are given your report on the appraisal, read it carefully before signing it. If you feel that there are other matters that should have been discussed or that certain limitations on your performance were left unresolved, tell your line manager that you would like to rectify this before signing. This should not be received as being difficult or obstructive, rather demonstrative of your willingness to advance in your role.
Leaving a job is a big decision, hence why I have shared with you this information in the hope that you may be able to resolve the factors of your appraisal which upset you. However, it is fundamental that you are happy in your job and if you feel that this is no longer possible, then no harm can be caused by scouting out other possible roles.
I hope this helps.