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5 Self-evaluation For Performance Review Examples

Kate William

14 July 2022

6 min read

“Intrinsic motivation is the best form of motivation there is.”

That is.. even if you can provide employees bonuses, coupons, free food, and whatnot perks, if employees aren’t motivated enough to perform, these external perks would only work temporarily.

To boost this intrinsic, internal motivation, performance reviews are the key, along with self-evaluation. And it’s incredibly crucial to understand what to write (and what to not!) in self-evaluation or assessment, as it can have a lasting impact on an employee’s growth and motivation levels.

Fret not, though. We’re here with 5 self-evaluations for performance review examples (and much more) to get you writing the best performance review for yourself! Excited? Well, we are, too. Let’s begin.

5 Self-evaluation For Performance Review Examples

Despite the importance, writing a self-evaluation review is anything but easy. Why? Because analyzing oneself is a helluva difficult task, especially when it’s for everyone, from the superior to the decision-makers, to analyze.

That is where these 5 examples come in, talking about 5 different self-evaluation scenarios to help you start writing one for yourself. Get sipping on your cuppa, and on we go;

#1 Self-evaluation Example Discussing Company Culture

In the assessment, if you can’t think of anything to write, start by talking about how well you fit in the organization’s culture and how you’re aligned with the vision of the company. Here’s an example showing just how you can write about that;

​This culture, my teammates, and this project have rediscovered my passion and life goals. I feel more aligned with what [company name] wants to achieve in the long run and thoroughly enjoy working with colleagues who support my ideas, however crude they might be!

Long story short, I feel comfortable expressing myself in the best possible manner, and I feel the sky is the limit for all of us here. We keep going.


Thanks,​
[your name]

This culture, my teammates, and this project have rediscovered my passion and life goals. I feel more aligned with what [company name] wants to achieve in the long run and thoroughly enjoy working with colleagues who support my ideas, however crude they might be!

Long story short, I feel comfortable expressing myself in the best possible manner, and I feel the sky is the limit for all of us here. We keep going.

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#2 Self-evaluation Example Talking About Future Goals

Talking about your present performance is always a good start to self-evaluation, but future goals hold a lot of weight, too. Because it’s a great way to show you’ll continue being a valuable asset to the team and the company. Give a glimpse of how you plan on doing that with numbers. Here’s an example illustrating that;

I took it upon myself to build a personal brand this quarter. Up until now, I’ve managed to attract 15,000 targeted followers in total over my different social profiles. The content I created for it revolved around customer pain points when it comes to [relevant problem] and how best to solve them using tech and innovation.

My goal going forward is to increase engagement with these followers by roughly 25% and subtly start talking about our products/offerings and plans. I also have ideas about collaborating with micro-influencers in our segment which I’d love to discuss, very soon!


Thanks,​
[your name]

I took it upon myself to build a personal brand this quarter. Up until now, I’ve managed to attract 15,000 targeted followers in total over my different social profiles. The content I created for it revolved around customer pain points when it comes to [relevant problem] and how best to solve them using tech and innovation.

My goal going forward is to increase engagement with these followers by roughly 25% and subtly start talking about our products/offerings and plans. I also have ideas about collaborating with micro-influencers in our segment which I’d love to discuss, very soon!

#3 Self-evaluation Example Showing Accomplishment

Working efficiently is crucial, but talking about it is equally essential. In that respect, one of the most common self-evaluations for performance review examples stems from talking about your accomplishments.

An employee here talks about his recent work accomplishments using numbers, preferably in percentages. That gives the managers and bosses a clear idea about the employee’s output and eventual contribution to the company’s bottom line. Here’s an example you can seek info. from;

While working in the customer success team this year, I ideated and executed a loyalty program that incentivized customers to make repeat purchases. It has received a great reaction, and the overall retention rate is up by 22% from last year.

I also tested different trial programs to offer our services/products without asking potential customers to commit. This brought down our overall customer acquisition cost by 12%, as people are now trying our offerings, liking them, and then choosing to come on board. And that has all been organically driven, bringing customer acquisition cost down.


Thanks,​
[your name]

#4 Show You Are a Problem Solver

All decision-makers want problem solvers in their team. That’s a no-brainer. Because they’re on their feet to find solutions and aren’t afraid of daunting challenges. Here’s how you can show yourself a problem-solver with a self-assessment;

Thinking fast comes naturally to me, and creative solutions to challenges give me a high! [Team leader name] and my colleagues know I don’t rely on others for my problems. Instead, I give my creative instincts time to think of ways, even creating Plan B’s and C’s, for overcoming difficult situations and scenarios. In 9 out of 10 situations, it works well in the end, and for that 1 situation, I have fantastic people around me to ask for help and guidance.


Thanks,​
[your name]

Thinking fast comes naturally to me, and creative solutions to challenges give me a high! [Team leader name] and my colleagues know I don’t rely on others for my problems. Instead, I give my creative instincts time to think of ways, even creating Plan B’s and C’s, for overcoming difficult situations and scenarios. In 9 out of 10 situations, it works well in the end, and for that 1 situation, I have fantastic people around me to ask for help and guidance.

#5 Self-evaluation Example Talking About Your Weaknesses!

See, just like your manager wants to see how positive you are about your strengths and qualities, he/she also wants to understand how realistic you are about your weaknesses. Everyone has them, and there’s no shame in admitting it. Self-evaluation is the best way to do it. Here’s an example;

I sometimes struggle to be a team player with a lack of self-discipline and patience. This interferes with my and my team’s ability to perform at our topmost levels.

Getting better at it is my goal for the next quarter/year. And getting more disciplined in my personal life is how I’ll start. Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in me and my potential. I’ll not prove you wrong here.


Thanks,​
[your name]

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Self-evaluation

Going good so far, right? You know what makes self-evaluation important for employees and managers, and you have the 5 examples to seek influence from. But there are some do’s and don’ts too for writing a self-assessment. Here they are, starting with the do’s;

Do’s

  • Talk about your assigned metrics and KPIs. They would give a clear idea about your work.
  • Use numbers to your advantage. Convert these numbers into percentages. It sheds a better light on the difference your work made.
  • Keep a diary for your “daily achievements”, however big or small, and use it during self-evaluation. You’ll thank us later!
  • Talk about how you’re not perfect and a work in progress who’s constantly learning.
  • State all team and personal achievements. It always leaves a positive impression.
  • Not just achieving company targets, talk about how you helped better the company values, too.

Don’ts

  • Never write your self-assessment hastily. Take your time, collect all thoughts, prepare a draft, edit, synchronize, and only then hit the submit button.
  • Don’t make the self-evaluation only about yourself. Talk about your team, manager, and family’s contribution, too.
  • Self-evaluation over 3 paragraphs or 250 words is a big no-no.
  • Don’t write your achievement in a boastful manner. Write it as a consequence of your positive work.
  • Don’t use jargon. Simple words and small sentences work best.

What Makes Self-evaluation Important In Performance Reviews?

There is more than a single reason for it. A process taking barely 15 minutes to complete has a lasting impact on the employee, the manager, and the organization. And these impacts are different for both the employee and the manager.

For Employees

Self-evaluation or self-appraisal comments let employees self-reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, and where they missed out on in the past quarter or year. By critiquing their work and behavior, workers gain valuable insights, allowing them to grow and be more productive. These improvements help in personal life too, not just professionally. So yeah, self-evaluation is damn important for employees.

For managers

Employee self-assessments are a way for managers to look into the character and attitude of employees to see what motivates them. Managers also understand how employees see themselves in their team and organization while highlighting the disagreements or misunderstandings between the manager and an employee.

Go, Ace Your Self-evaluation!

Yes, that’s what we’re shouting. You now have everything to ace your self-evaluation. Now, just give yourself enough time, read the article again for more clarity, and start evaluating your work.

Organizations that don’t use employee feedback and assessment tools do that for two reasons. Either they aren’t aware of such a tool, or it’s too pricey for them.

Enters SurveySparrow. Its employee 360-degree assessment tool comes with dirt-cheap prices with mind-boggling features. This tool automates the entire employee feedback process, from surveying employees, and analyzing results to finding their satisfaction and performance level. Self-evaluation is an integral part of it.

So c’mon, don’t let us go on and on. Talk to our team here and clear all your questions about this tool. And then… let your employees ace their self-evaluation!

Kate William

Content Marketer at SurveySparrow

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