This commonly happens during your year-end performance appraisal when your boss comments that you have not done good enough on certain KPI or business targets, or during your competency assessment when your assessor attempts to rate you lower than your self assessment on a specific functional skill.
One very effective way to handle such negative feedback from people on your work would be to ask them how you can improve instead.
Just remember to manage your emotion well at that moment, be humble and receptive to the comment given, but respectfully ask for guidance on how you can close that gap, in terms of practical way-forward actions.
Your 2 possible outcomes
When you do this, you will get one of these 2 possible outcomes:
If indeed your boss and assessor have the rational basis for their feedback, you gain extra practical advice and insight on your personal development plan.
Or if they are actually not sure about how else you can improve, your humble question may give them a chance to reconsider if indeed you have done quite a good job to deserve a better performance rating.
Sometimes, you may have achieved the qualitative, quantitative and timeliness targets, but not the emotional goal.
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Your turn to contribute
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