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5 Tips to Cope with Anxiety for an Upcoming Performance Review

Eileen Bailey Apr 3rd, 2012 (updated Jan 25th, 2014)
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HealthCentral expert, Eileen Bailey writes, "It's almost the end of the year and for many people, that means the dreaded annual performance review. Many employees feel nervous thinking about what their managers might. For those with anxiety, this time is even more stressful."

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Think about the purpose of the review
Think about the purpose of the review

A performance review is meant to provide you with information to help you do your job better. The only thing you can control is how you react to the information. When you approach the review as a way to learn better methods of doing your job, your manager may change their tone from critical to appreciative of your work and your desire to improve your performance.

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Remember your supervisor is probably uncomfortable, too
Remember your supervisor is probably uncomfortable, too

It might be hard to believe, but most managers don't like writing or giving performance reviews. They know it is part of their job and know it must be done, but often want to get through it without causing problems. Remembering that you are not the only one feeling uncomfortable can help lessen your anxiety.

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Prepare for the review
Prepare for the review

Take some time to write down your accomplishments and achievements over the past year. Write down what you did and how you were involved in the project. If you have received compliments throughout the year, and still have records of them, through emails or memos, add these to your list as well. Being prepared to share how you have excelled can help you feel more confident.

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Try to keep a positive attitude
Try to keep a positive attitude

 Okay, so this is probably going to be hard, but it will help you both while you are waiting for the review. It can also help you leave the negativity during the review. When you feel yourself becoming negative, remind yourself that you can use the information in the review to become better at your job.

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Work with your supervisor to set specific goals
Work with your supervisor to set specific goals

Working together to create goals for yourself and your department gives you specific ways to measure your progress. Ask your supervisor to list expectations this time so the next review will be easier.