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Fact: Seventy-five percent of employers report that managers meet with employees at least once every three months to formally or informally discuss the employee's performance. Meanwhile, only 27 percent of employees report such frequent conversations.
Why is there such a large gap between the perceptions of employers and employees when it comes to performance review frequency? Performance reviews probably happen more than you realize, but not in the format or setting you normally associate them with.
Your manager is likely to discuss your performance outside the formal review either in a passing conversation, during a meeting or on a business trip. It's easy to overlook these more causal interactions, but it's important that you take every opportunity to engage your employer in performance related discussions.
Tip: Be alert to when your manager discusses your performance, whether in passing or during a meeting on another topic. Take notes and be sure to record anything notable in your work journal.