Smash your mid year review

With September being half way through the financial year for organisations it is most likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’ have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review I would highly recommend you do something about it. Mid year reviews are an important element of your career development. After 6 months you can check how you are progressing through your objectives, and goals and make any necessary changes. 

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Mid year reviews

It is that time of year again! I’m afraid mid-year review season is back in town or otherwise know as the time when you have to dust off your objectives from the start of the year and have a look at how you have been getting on for the last 6 months.

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What should be in our job specs?

More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’? How flexible does an assistant need to be and what does “juggling multiple priorities” really involve? Along with these generic phrases assistants’ job descriptions can also be poorly written, focussing on a standard set of skills rather than the real role responsibilities.

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Reviewing performance reviews

I must admit I’m not a big fan of this time of year or as I like to call it ‘performance review season’. For an assistant most of the next few weeks are filled organising meetings for our manager and their direct reports to review the last year. Somewhere in that list of meetings we normally squeeze ourselves in to our manager’s packed diary for a 15 minute chat about how everything has been fine.

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