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The words “performance review” can make even the most confident employee anxious. It’s understandable. These one-on-one encounters, which take place annually for 70% of companies, are occasions when your boss can throw anything at you. They can applaud you or hang you out to dry, make you feel competent or incompetent, promise you a salary increase, or not.
In a business environment where 75% of employees say dealing with their boss is the most stressful part of their job, these annual exchanges are front-end loaded with tension. So what can you do to create a more positive experience during your year-end review?