Article 12: Why prepare a Self-Assessment?​

​You work hard; you work smart - all year. Sometimes, you feel compelled to work on your own time. You receive your annual performance appraisal. Much of your best work is not mentioned. Why is that? How could you have prevented this?

 If you have been unhappy with your prior performance appraisals, or might be unhappy with your next appraisal, then do it yourself the way it should be done. 

Did you know that Article 12, Section 4.B.6, gives employees up to four hours of official time to prep self-assessment during the final 30 days of an assessment period? Also, Article 12, Section 4.B.6(b) requires management to provide a tutorial on self-assessments and provide official time to complete the tutorial.

Self-Assessment: Why prepare a Self-Assessment? Here a few examples: You know more about your contributions than anyone else. To show that you have completed many difficult and worthwhile tasks. To give your manager specific, concrete examples of your contributions. To gain self-awareness. 

Self-Assessments can be done in 6 steps. Let’s get started! 

You know what you know. This is not rocket science. You should know more details about your job performance than anyone else. Starting today find a folder and start keeping notes!
Get your stuff together. Here are some ideas: Your position description. Your prior year’s evaluation. List of all cases, projects, team and committee meetings you worked on during the evaluation period. Your Career Learning Plan. Your copy of the union contract, especially Article 12, and the telephone number of your NTEU Steward. 

Showtime! Notify your supervisor that you wish to use official time to prepare a self-assessment as provided by Article 12, Section 4.B.6 of the union contract. You get four hours of official time. If you are in a job with frequent interruptions, keep track of the time you spend on the self-assessment. You do not have to use the 4 hours all at once as a block. If you experience problems with this, notify your union steward. If you have a good records, so far this was easy. Identify your target Element. BU employees have 5 CJE’s. You want to give a few examples of how you consistently present information to others is a clear and understandable manner. Write a few sentences. It’s like telling a story. The first round is a draft so don’t worry it it isn’t pretty. 

Sanity Check. Edit your work. List each CJE and component in numerical order and make sure it is easy to read. Boil down your accomplishments down to four pages. You need to get to the meat in the Self-Assessment. One of the most common mistakes employees make is rotating CJE language without providing facts that permit a favorable conclusion about their level of performance. You can always ask a NTEU person to take a look at the finished product. Ask for and be attentive to feedback from others. 

Submit. Make a copy of your Self-Assessment for yourself. If you prepared your Self-Assessment on a computer, give your supervisor a copy in electronic format. This permits your supervisor to easily copy your accomplishments into your official appraisal. If you email your Self-Assessment to your boss, ask for a Read Receipt.

Deja vu all over again! Start a file for next year. Don’t put it off. Now you will have a better idea of the records your need. Good Luck! And remember NTEU is here for you!​