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    Employee self-evaluations: Is this a thing now?

    My employers are asking me to evaluate myself on various performance scales, as well as submit written answers to various questions ("Areas I need to improve," "Most frustrating aspects of my job," etc). I've never encountered this before, and it seems ridiculous. Wouldn't it be nothing but a legal liability to provide written responses to those questions? As in, if they fire me and I file for unemployment, they could come back and use the stuff I said to argue against it.

    Has anyone else had a job that asked them to do this? What did you do?
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    Had those every year. Ranked myself at the highest level in every category. If you're going an extra 100 miles on a regular basis (dealing with shitty software, shitty people, unhealthy conditions, unnecessary stress), there's no test with an appropriate category. They shouldn't have been giving me a test they should have been giving me a cake with my name on it and a raise.
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    Yeah, that's been standard for me as well.
    --Mention of these things is so taboo, they aren't even allowed a name for the prohibition. It is just not done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    Yeah, that's been standard for me as well.
    What'd you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lud View Post
    What'd you do?

    The best response (so far) is humblebrag. The first self-evaluation I did, my manager came to me and told me to pump everything up so she could get me a promotion and max out my raise.

    My last was a bit more interesting in that after I self-evaluated, my lead and manager evaluated me as well, using the same form, so that in the review we could see where we agreed and disagreed about my skillset. That's valuable if done honestly because it can help you see where you're over-confident. In general, with our, "Less than five stars is no stars" culture, anywhere you think you're competent, use a 4 or a 5. Anywhere you think you need work, use a 3 or a 4--or whatever applies.

    I usually have little problem with the short answer questions--there's always something that is ripe for improvement. Mostly it's an opportunity to demonstrate your mind is on the work.

    Just don't trash anyone and keep it neutral or positive. If you think there's something you're doing that's undervalued: point to it and claim it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    The best response (so far) is humblebrag. The first self-evaluation I did, my manager came to me and told me to pump everything up so she could get me a promotion and max out my raise.

    My last was a bit more interesting in that after I self-evaluated, my lead and manager evaluated me as well, using the same form, so that in the review we could see where we agreed and disagreed about my skillset. That's valuable if done honestly because it can help you see where you're over-confident. In general, with our, "Less than five stars is no stars" culture, anywhere you think you're competent, use a 4 or a 5. Anywhere you think you need work, use a 3 or a 4--or whatever applies.

    I usually have little problem with the short answer questions--there's always something that is ripe for improvement. Mostly it's an opportunity to demonstrate your mind is on the work.

    Just don't trash anyone and keep it neutral or positive. If you think there's something you're doing that's undervalued: point to it and claim it.
    I'm specifically thinking from a legal standpoint. If they were to sack me and I filed for unemployment, couldn't they come back with my answers (if answered at all negatively) as evidence against my file?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post

    Just don't trash anyone and keep it neutral or positive. If you think there's something you're doing that's undervalued: point to it and claim it.
    And if they ask you to sign an evaluation you disagree with, sign "In disagreement, (name)".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madrigal View Post
    And if they ask you to sign an evaluation you disagree with, sign "In disagreement, (name)".
    Sign an evaluation? That shit is draconian. It's asking you to testify against yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lud View Post
    Sign an evaluation? That shit is draconian. It's asking you to testify against yourself.
    Haaa, happens all the time here. "En disconformidad" is my middle name.
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    People don't get denied unemployment if they're dismissed for poor performance. Only if they're dismissed for misconduct. Sexual harassment, not showing up, being drunk or high on the job, looking at porn on company time, or working for another employer or running a side business during work hours instead of doing your job, stuff like that gets you denied unemployment. So from a legal perspective it's pretty unlikely they'll be able to use whatever you write against you unless you mention alcoholism and/or a raging cocaine habit as a weakness.

    Your boss will most likely use your self evaluation to write his own evaluation. Don't cop to any personal weaknesses. But if there's some technology you want training on, mention your lack of knowledge of it as a weakness. Likewise if there are projects you can't get on because you don't have the skills or experience. Mention your lack of knowledge in x as a weakness and how fixing it will benefit the company. Your boss would love to stick something on there that can easily be fixed with little effort and follow up on his part. Its a win-win for both of you.

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