Your employees are not the only ones who need to reach their goals to keep their jobs. You do too. That’s why every few months I remind you to check how you’re doing toward your performance review. This is part self-management and managing up.
Why now? We’re in August, a slow time for many markets. The performance pressures on many managers are lighter right now. Also, if your review is based on the calendar year, you have roughly three months until Thanksgiving. If you haven’t met your goals by Thanksgiving, I’m worried you’re toast.
Focus on that one thing that has nagged you since the last performance review. You know the one I’m talking about. We’ve discussed it before. You have three months to demonstrate meaningful change to your management. What do you need to do to finally get it changed or done?
Your manager may not do this for you, but you should do it for your team: check how they are doing toward their annual goals. Let them know how they are tracking in a casual review. Let them know this is not a formal review. It’s you looking out for them as their manager.
Ask your team to give thought to their travel plans for the rest of the year. Some may not have a clue yet but at least you will kick off their thinking. This also sends a signal to the team that you are forward thinking. They will see you planning the second half of the year and some will start to do the same.
We like forward-thinking employees.
Schedule lunches with other managers across the organization. Remember, managers work in three directions: leading subordinates, negotiating with peers, and positioning with seniors. Your success is impacted by how your peers view you as a team member. Politics is part of the art of management so make sure you’re building and maintaining solid relationships across the organization.
You are at a point in the race where you can still make adjustments to ensure yourself a win. Take the time to see how you and your team are doing while you have the chance. This is the kind of proactive management that most organizations like to promote.