How can I make sure my performance review is positive?

The first and most obvious answer to this is that you’ll have played a blinder at work over the last 12 months! If you have overwhelming evidence of stellar performance, your employer will be obliged to acknowledge it or risk losing you to a competitor.

You still have to assemble the facts and make your case though. This is no time for modesty – if you don’t blow your own trumpet about how well you have done, no one else will blow it for you. Be confident and assertive. Make it clear how you have overcome challenges by providing lots of detail. Try to put a hard financial or material value on the successes you have had. You can bet your life it will be a much larger figure then the one they might give you as a bonus!

Even if you have had a good year, don’t be pressured into setting yourself up for a fall by agreeing impossible targets for the year ahead. Market circumstances may change. Some elements may be beyond your control. The best way to ensure another decent review next time is to under-promise and over-deliver. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.