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What is a Self-Assessment of Personal Effectiveness Growth?

by Abbey Baker

As part of a job's requirements, often employers will ask employees to perform a self-assessment. One common type of self-assessment is that of personal effectiveness growth; it takes into account what the individual employee succeeds at and how he needs to improve. Often completing a self-assessment will lead to positive affirmation in your job. It is important to follow up with an employer on self-assessment, so that its effectiveness is maximized.

Self-Assessment Defined

Self-assessment is used in various professional settings, from school systems to corporate offices. An employee at any level can do self-assessment, though it often occurs before or after a change in position, such as a promotion. During a self-assessment, an employee evaluates her own performance, strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.

Personal Effectiveness Growth

A self-assessment of personal effective growth refers to a specific way of assessing oneself. "Personal effectiveness" is a common phrase in professional environments, and it encompasses many aspects of the way an individual employee is performing. Personal effectiveness takes into account communication, responsibility, accountability, goals and leadership. In a self-assessment of personal effectiveness growth, an employee looks at her own performance in these specific areas, and the ways in which she has grown in these areas.

Considerations

Most professional environments have their own specific ways that self-assessments of personal effectiveness growth take place. There may be specific considerations that a particular employer wants employees to evaluate themselves. It is important to be honest yet confident in a self-assessment, allowing the employer to see self-worth and openness to change. Asking coworkers for feedback is also helpful as a way to gain perspective on your performance.

Benefits

Often, a self-assessment of personal effectiveness growth will lead to a promotion or other positive attention from an employer. In addition, it is a process that allows self-reflection and may unveil things about performance that had gone unnoticed.

Time Frame

Usually, an employee will have a deadline for handing in the self-assessment, and a boss will set up a meeting to review. Making sure that you review and discuss your self-assessment is key to its effectiveness. If your boss does not set up a meeting, initiate one yourself, as it will prevent you from forgetting about the self-assessment and help you to use it to your advantage.

About the Author

Abbey Baker is a writer and teacher at an alternative school in Burlington, Vt., where she specializes in working with students who have learning disabilities. Baker has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing and writes short stories. She recently had a short story published in "Eleven Eleven" journal.