Unfortunately, nearly 80% of the time, the review is the only direct conversation employees have with managers about their performance and for some it can be an unpleasant surprise. What do you do when the review isn’t going in your favor?
First, recognize that the review isn’t the time to debate your boss on every point. This can come across as defensive and become counterproductive. Use the meeting to assess if your boss believes you can correct the situation. Ask for specific development plans and if they have confidence you can overcome the issues.
After the meeting, check in with a trusted peer or advisor to get second opinions. Has your boss correctly identified a weak area? Is this a one-time event or an ongoing problem? Are you a good fit for the role or the company? You can set up a second meeting with your manager to then review the issues. If you’re not getting the help or support you need, consider your alternatives, including an internal transfer to a different business unit or even starting a new job search