Should I Receive A Copy of the Staff Appraisal Form Prior to Meeting My Supervisor For My Performance Review?

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Yes, you should receive a copy of the staff appraisal form that will be used during your performance review. And, you should review it, and understand it, and if you don't understand parts of it, try to get clarification from your supervisor BEFORE the performance review meeting, so you can discuss it intelligently and rationally.

You should keep in mind that a lot of these staff appraisal forms aren't very good, but also keep in mind that most supervisors and managers are FORCED to use them as a matter of company policy. So, it's rather pointless to blame the supervisor or manager if the tools (i.e. the appraisal form) is poor.

If your manager forgets to offer you a copy beforehand, ask him or her for it, once again, before the meeting so you have a chance to go over it and ask questions about it. You may also be able to get a copy of the appraisal form from Human Resources, but it's good to start with your supervisor.

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