A recent study showed that less than half (45 percent) of workers felt their annual reviews were a fair representation of their work performance. Only 37 percent said their managers provided accurate feedback.

When you’re seeking the full picture of your performance, don’t just look up the organizational chart – but also look right, left, and occasionally, down. Co-workers can be great resources, but you will most likely need to solicit their opinions on your own. In the same study, 53 percent of respondents said their manager was the only one who evaluated their performance, and just 21 percent said their reviews included input from peers.

How to Ask for Peer Feedback

Peer feedback can be invaluable as you learn and grow in your job. Be proactive as you seek input. The more often you ask, the less stressful it becomes. And the process will make you happier and more productive.

  • Know what you’re looking for. Do you want more appreciation? Evaluation of your performance on a particular project or task? Or general coaching so you can improve? Understanding exactly what you expect from a peer assessment will help you craft your approach to asking for feedback.
  • Ask sooner rather than later. You don’t have to schedule time in advance. Simply reach out to your colleagues and have a quick, informal information exchange.
  • Have specific questions ready. Don’t start off by asking something as general as, “Do you have any feedback for me?” Instead, ask, “What’s one area in which I could improve?” or “What one thing could I have done better on that presentation?” Also, avoid questions that will result in a “yes” or “no” answer. Those that begin with “what” or “how” will elicit fuller responses. Press for specific details and examples.
  • Take detailed notes on everything your peers say about you. Present this information, along with any relevant emails and other documentation, at your formal review with your manager. They may not have heard all those good things about you from others.

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