The annual employee evaluation process is a universal aspect of the modern workplace. Almost every industry has developed a relevant employee evaluation model, and individual firms have further refined the practice in an ongoing effort to measure employee performance, maximize productivity and foster professional growth.

In order to achieve these ends, and to increase the objectivity and accuracy of performance reviews, many companies require employees to complete self-assessments (a.k.a. self-evaluations) before the formal review process takes place. Employee self-assessment models have been praised and widely embraced, since they offer employees a sense of control over the process and a structured opportunity to list accomplishments that may have been overlooked by managers and supervisors during the year under consideration. Some argue that self-assessments also serve to re-engage employees in the review process prior to the actual review.

Some organizations are even moving pass the traditional ‘past and present’ self-assessment model and adopting ‘future-focused’ self-assessments. Instead of assessing skills against current job requirements, employees have the opportunity to proactively manage their career progression by Read More