Amarantine Volume 4: Expectations! - Page 55

Dear Amarantine Team, Last week, I had one of my most dreaded days of the year at work; it was time again for my annual performance review. I always get very nervous around this time of the year. All of a sudden, I start remembering all the mistakes that I’ve made over the year, and I feel insecure. Yet at the same time, I also start focussing on the pay increase negotiations, desperately searching for reasons to justify my request, which I then can’t find. And I even get sort of angry in advance about how this conversation may turn downhill real fast. But the worst of it is; it never turns out like that. I usually have a very pleasant and constructive conversation, with lots of positive feedback on my performance, and a nice pay increase as a result! This year was no different, it was all positive. I really only got one remark in terms of improving my performance, and that was that I should get better at “managing expectations”. Now, I know what my manager means by this, and it was no surprise, as I’ve heard it before. But my problem is, I have no clue where to start on improving this. I just don’t see how I can be responsible for other people’s thoughts. So, my question to your team is, do you have any ideas on how I can take this feedback forward and actually do so something with it? Many thanks, Iris McCain, Dublin, Ireland Volume4 AMARANTINE 55