Annual reviews are just around the corner. What can I do to ensure it’s effective over Zoom rather than face-to-face in the office?
It’s more important than ever to plan the topics you want to discuss this year. If you have important items such as promotion prospects or challenges meeting budget, consider a call or note to your reviewer in the days leading up to the review to put these items on the agenda. It’s harder, but not impossible, to bring up a sensitive topic over Zoom. Getting a sense of the right time is hard when you can’t read body language. It’s also easy for misunderstandings to occur. If your process includes the dreaded self-assessment, think of it as a draft for discussion, not a witness statement. You want enough detail to remind your reviewer of key areas without perfecting every sentence.