I have worked for my employer for just over a year (since graduating from college – it is my first paying job other than part time stuff during school). My supervisor was supposed to give me my annual evaluation three weeks ago. Do you think it is a good idea for me to remind him? I am anxious to hear how I am doing, but I do not want him to think I am trying to boss the boss.
Your boss is either a slacker or a dolt. There is no other reason for being three weeks late with your evaluation. He’s known ever since you were hired when the evaluation would be due. He should have planned ahead and done everything he needed to do to make sure his work was done on time. You deserve it and it’s his job.
Remind him? I’d slap him.
— Evil Skippy
To answer your actual question – Yes. Yes, you should remind him. As long as you do it in a professional and calm manner, you will be fine.
Professional and calm: “My evaluation was due on June 1st. Can we set a time to discuss it?”
Not Professional or calm: “Waaaah! My evaluation is late! Why is it so late? I really waaaaaant it!”
Clear? If you prefer a more entertaining work environment, here are Evil Skippy’s top ten ways to remind your boss to finish your evaluation:
- A festive banner – placed in the boss’s own front yard where he or she will see it on the way to work in the morning.
- Write your own evaluation – a perfect one of course – and ask the boss to sign it.
- A polite note. Taped to a rock. Thrown.
- When given a deadline, ask if it is “Evaluation Deadline Time” or “Reality Time”.
- A singing telegram (but no strippers – it’s a workplace!)
- Enlist a bunch of your friends to stand on street corners along your boss’s commute route holding up big signs that say, “Evaluate Frank Now! 23 Days Late!” Update the signs daily.
- Leave an anonymous note on the boss’s desk: “I will be spitting in your coffee every day until evaluations are finished.” (Do not do this if you are the only person expecting an evaluation or if you think your workplace would spring for DNA analysis of the coffee).
- Be sitting in your boss’s office when he or she arrives in the morning. Tell the boss you are ready for your evaluation and can wait. Then wait.
- Tape a copy of this post on the boss’s office door.
- Ask your boss’s boss to find out why it hasn’t already been done (aka the “Nuclear Option”).
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