In recent years, self evaluation tools for employees have become more widely ingrained into our working lives and the benefits of performance reviews are clearer than ever for both employees and employers.
Self evaluation is now the go-to means for assessing performance and engaging employees. It’s been shown to increase commitment to goal setting and achievement and help with competency development and career planning.
Many employers are keen to implement self evaluation into their performance review programme, but many don’t know how. First up, you need the right tools.
What is self evaluation and what tools are available?
Self evaluation in the workplace is the opportunity for employees to assess themselves by looking at their strengths and weaknesses, and comparing their job description with recent performance. It means writing down the unique strengths that were used to accomplish goals and highlighting areas that could be improved.
There are several different self evaluation tools you can use to gather the information.
Tools for employees
There’s no single magical approach to self evaluation and there are lots of different self-assessment tools. Many focus on the following key areas:
- Values and beliefs
- Natural abilities and core competencies
- Career interests and personal development goals
Here are some popular self-assessment tools to consider.
The STAR method
The STAR method provides a structure and is a helpful way to set out a self-evaluation. You start by describing a Situation (S) or Task (T), then the Action (A) you took to accomplish the goal, and finally outline the Results (R) achieved.
An example might be:
The challenge was to develop an on-boarding programme for new recruits (T). I created a checklist of onboarding activities (A), which was sampled by recently recruited employees, who gave feedback on the test programme (R).
A quick Google search for the term, ‘self evaluation tools for employees’, reveals lots of articles, examples and free templates. Templates are easily customised to suit different businesses and job roles.
Common questions included in self evaluation templates include:
- Describe the responsibilities in your role
- What are the top three objectives in your job?
- To what extent do you think you have achieved them?
- What do you like most about your current position?
- What do you see as your greatest accomplishments since your last review?
- Is there anything you would have liked to achieve but haven’t?
- What factors impact your ability to do your job?
- What aspects of your job would you most like to change or eliminate and why?
- Give an example of a difficult situation or a challenge that you handled well
- What training or education have you participated in during the current review period?
- In what areas would you like to gain more experience or get more training
- What are your goals and objectives for the next review period?
- What can your co-workers manager/ organisation do to make sure you achieve those goals?
- What motivates you?
- What would make your job more enjoyable?
Personality testing is often used in business as a means of evaluating employees and matching them to suitable career paths and roles. While not a complete self evaluation method, the Myers-Briggs Test is a useful tool to accompany self evaluation and probably one of the most well-known examples of its kind.
Developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, it is based on Carl Jung’s theory, which speculated that there are four principal psychological functions by which humans experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking.
When you first start to self evaluate it can be useful to gain some insights into your personality type. You can take the test online here. Knowing which personality type you are can help you make sense of why you see, interpret, or act in a certain way. Once you understand this, it can make it easier to see where your strengths are and where you may need training or support. Personality tests are a useful addition to other self evaluation tools for employees.
WeThrive’s Bubble Survey
WeThrive Bubbles offers much more than many of the simple evaluation tools and offers a holistic approach to performance monitoring and engaging employees in the process. Employees get a personal space to run self-diagnostic surveys, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and get instant feedback and recommendations. Staff can run these as and when they want to.
Why not try the Bubble survey for free now? Get an instant self evaluation report and see how WeThrive can support your employees.
Things employees need to remember when writing a self evaluation
- State achievements accurately and objectively
- Don’t be afraid to write about yourself
- Don’t embellish – be honest
- Provide specific detail and examples
- Be proactive with solutions when addressing the negatives
- Show how you have been able to enhance your skills and how this has helped you in your career development
- Try to use measurable objectives
It can be incredibly daunting for some employees to write a self evaluation, especially if they’ve never written one before.
That’s where WeThrive can help. Our unique platform empowers employees to understand, develop and thrive through continued self evaluation. Employees get a personalised WeThrive Bubble to track and view their recommended actions, insights and progress. Employees can survey themselves at any time to get instant feedback for improvement from our digital psychologist. Our Manager Bubbles give managers access to a daily overview of their team’s performance and wellbeing.
Learn more about WeThrive.
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