Employee Annual Review: Self-Evaluation & Reflection
Review Date: August 15, 2023
Self-Evaluation Submitted: August 14, 11:58 PM ET
DESCRIBE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTHS AND VALUE-ADDS TO THE COMPANY:
- Multi-tasking: This year, I finished 36 product marketing slide decks while watching 24 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. As a result, I’m now really good at removing the backgrounds from stock images on Photoshop, and I also basically have a law degree.
- Corporate morale: I’m always the first team member to join a Zoom meeting even though I know the first two minutes will be awkward AF, because I’m good at small talk and it feels like an easy win. I also routinely ask Amanda to share pics of what she and the kids got up to this weekend despite having zero genuine interest in their trip to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part One.
- Organization & Project Management: I spend more time “organizing” my tasks than actually working on them — the psychotically color-coded to-do list and overly detailed Monday.com tracker are just creative ways for me to procrastinate, while setting a shining example of proactive accountability. You’ll never catch me without my ban.do “I Am Very Busy” planner, and that’s because I am an expert at projecting to the world that I am a Type-A maniac who is probably already allocated at 130%, and therefore cannot take on Shelby’s R&R while she’s on her honeymoon.
WHERE DO YOU HAVE ROOM TO IMPROVE?
I could definitely improve my job search efforts. For example, I’ve been using the same Canva resume template since college. If a cover letter is required, I don’t apply.
PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE OF A CHALLENGE YOU OVERCAME THIS YEAR.
Earlier this year, we lost a new business pitch, which was obviously totally devastating (to the people who actually benefit directly from the money the company makes). The team was debriefing via Slack and I, a natural born leader, wanted to show my support.
I knew the situation was delicate, so my GIF of choice had to strike the perfect balance of disheartened by the news and optimistic about the future. My final two contenders were Steve Bannon saying, “We may have lost the battle, but we are not going to lose the war” and that kid from The Little Rascals in angel wings sassing, “his loss, baby.”
Ultimately, I chose the child, because even though I was referencing Steve Bannon ironically, I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable by seeing his face (thus putting my sensitivity training to good use!).
As a result, my GIF received 3 red heart reacts, 2 blue heart reacts, and one happy dog reacts, which illustrates that I successfully managed the team’s emotional state and directly inspired them to win the Pepsi account the next quarter.
HOW DO YOU EMBODY THE COMPANY VALUES OF INTEGRITY, EMPATHY, AND CRAFTSMANSHIP?
Integrity: I’ve never used ChatGPT to write slides. This is because I copy-and-paste them from other decks and change a couple of keywords. If I’m feeling super integrous, I add a stock photo or transition effect — the corporate manifestation of jazz hands.
Empathy: Not strangling Deborah from accounting when she rejected my expense report. I know that Uber Blacks don’t technically qualify for comps under our company guidelines, but it was actually cheaper than an Uber X that night so in reality I was saving the company $3.
Craftsmanship: I single-handedly pioneered the change of our official company font from the fugly Arial 12 to the subtly modern Calibri 11.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE COMING YEAR?
- Identify and hire a career coach to help me reach my full potential in the workplace. (Find a therapist to help me with my avoidant attachment style).
- Enroll in an InDesign class so I can sharpen the design aesthetic of our PowerPoint templates, and also make a new resume.
- Reduce overhead spending on lunch and travel by working from home.
- Optimize my work/life balance by taking a pilates class during my “DNB / Focus” calendar blocks.
- Strategically leverage a greater number of sick days.