Often times, employees walk into their review and are "surprised" to learn that they missed a key goal or priority that the boss had in his/her mind. In fact, this is a common challenge. Over 85% of employers reported some method of linking pay to performance and some form of goal setting. However, nearly 40% of the linking pay to performance is done informally and typically at the manager's discretion.
In addition, a third of employers acknowledge that informal goal setting does not link to pay or performance. The bottom-line: Don't leave this to chance. Ask yourself, "Do I have written goals from my manager?"