How awkward would it be if I got fired? That would sure suck.
This will be my fourth annual review with the Fed, but it will be my first since my transfer to Seattle. This one will be different from the others, because unlike my time in San Diego, I have only met my boss one time for about an hour and I’ve never been to our local field office. Kind of weird to sit down and have someone whom I don’t interact with much tell me I’m either really awesome or a total waste of tax payer money.
I had never had to undergo an annual review for any of the part-time jobs I held in college. Needless to say, I was super nervous for my first annual review. I quickly realized that the “real world” was nothing like college. In school, I was constantly getting feedback from my professors, counselors, and peers in regards to my performance. In the working world, however, you are just expected to do well. The mantra “No news is good news” really is true. I’m never excited to see my bosses name pop up on caller ID, if it does, it almost always means I did something wrong.
Now that I’ve become familiar with the way my agency works — and how I am evaluated– I’m feeling much better walking in to today’s review. Definitely better than I felt walking in to my first one. I’m sure I’ll be told a few things I need to work on, and hopefully a few things I totally kick butt at. Annual reviews are nowhere near as scary as they use to be.
…Enter lame personal finance tie in…
This is just like the first time I “reviewed” my financial situation. It was scary. I had a crap load of debt, and only a few shekels in my bank account. My first financial annual review wasn’t pretty. But now, after learning more about the way money works, I’m doing alright. Just like I no longer expect to be praised every time I do something well in my professional life, I don’t expect to be affirmed each time I make a smart financial move (although it would be kind of cool if I got congratulatory remarks each month my net worth went up…haha). There may not be a lot of glory in managing your personal finances, but there is definitely a satisfaction in knowing you’re taking necessary steps to secure a brighter future. Can I get an amen?
Do you have to go through an annual review with your employer? What does that typically look like? Do you find the review helpful, or is just a waste of time?