CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP. 15, 2014
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How to Track How Well You Are Performing at Your New Job

A new job naturally comes with the pressure to impress the higher-ups. There is also that need to outdo the employee who previously held that position, especially if he received a promotion because of doing exemplary work. If this describes you, then you have all the reasons to measure your performance. Even if you an entry-level worker fresh from college, it is imperative that you track your progress. It will help you ace a performance review.

So, how do you do this?

Are You Meeting Management’s Goals?

This is the most straightforward way to track your performance. For instance, if you are a sales professional and your employer expects you to make 1000 sales in a week, you should measure your performance against this goal. If you manage - say 300 sales – you are certainly doing badly and need to improve. If you hit 800, you are on the right path. 1,200 sales? That is exactly why you were hired! Regardless of your profession, your performance should meet the goals set by the company.

What’s Your Supervisor’s Attitude?

In some jobs, such as security, it is impossible to have tangible goals. Really, apart from ensuring the company’s facilities and workers are safe, there is nothing more you can use to track your performance. But, you still need to know you are meeting the company’s expectations. How? By monitoring your supervisor’s attitude. If she doesn’t compliment your work or doesn’t even acknowledge your presence when she passes by your workstation, it is time to up your game. On the other hand, a warm attitude shows that you are doing a good job.

What Are Clients Saying?

With technology rapidly advancing, organizations don’t have to do a lot to monitor what their customers are saying. A quick search on Twitter, for instance, can reveal a lot of information. If you are a customer service agent and a client is not satisfied with your services, chances are high he will use the various social media platforms at his disposal to vent his frustrations. You should watch to your clients’ reactions closely. A smile on their face after being served means you deserve a pat on the shoulder. A frown could mean you are not up to the task. And a neutral face? You definitely need to put more effort!

Monitor Your Coworkers

Your co-workers too can serve as good performance indicators. If you work in department with other new workers, monitoring their body language can help you determine whether they are ahead. Generally, happy workers are satisfied with their progress. On the downside, those who seem busy all day long may be working harder to meet their goals. If the new workers around you are happy and comfortable – and you are not –you might be lagging behind.

Employee of the Month!

This has to be the fool-proof way of knowing you are doing well at your new job. Scooping the employee of the month in your first, second or third month at work means you are what other employees should emulate. A pay rise or a promotion could soon be coming your way.

These are some of the most effective ways you can measure your performance. However, do not be too wrapped up in evaluating your work that you actually forget to work!

 

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