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Monitor your progress by measuring work-performance

The average employee wants to stand out and outpace his/her peers. More often than not, s/he is focused on the big picture and analyses his/her performance only through the Organisation’s appraisal of his/her work.

So much for wanting to stand out…

On the flipside of the coin, the successful employee is usually a fall-out from the norm and one who stretches beyond the status quo of his/her workplace. Although s/he focuses on the big picture s/he also pays attention to those little things that matter; more importantly s/he looks closely at his/her daily accomplishments, decisions and failures- understanding those things add up to form the real big picture.

It goes without saying; you become what you make of yourself at work daily.

Work is a part of your life and just as you measure other aspects of your life, it’s important that you also measure your work performance.

Why the extra effort to measure your work-performance? 

–    Measuring your work performance directs and motivates your behaviour, it helps you focus on what’s needed most.

–    It provides a basis for goal-setting, helps you understand your job better and also promotes objectivity.

–    Measuring your performance at work helps drive a positive attitude in the workplace and fast tracks your progress. By monitoring   your progress, you build confidence and are able to take on opportunities more prepared.

–    It is also necessary to help you focus on the things that matter to your employers; It helps you aim higher.

–    It helps you make specific, realistic and informed decisions in your career and life.

–   With the feedback and experience you get in the measuring process, you are able to align your expectations with the Company goals better than you would if your expectations were based on mere assumptions.

Basically, work performance measures cover; your quality of work, quantity of work, adaptability, job knowledge, initiative and dependability. In other words; your goals, processes and the results.


These few tips will help you measure your performance:

–          Review yourself:  Carefully jot down a list of your tasks for each day and the amount of time spent to complete each task. Perhaps the nature of your job doesn’t allow for specific performance measurement, follow the progression of each task and jot down your peak point at intervals. Keep track of your accomplishments on a weekly or monthly basis, figure out how you adapt to tasks and occasional changes at the workplace. Keep a work journal to help you reflect on observed problem areas and adjust to situations you can’t change. Compare what you have with what your job requires, understand the difference and adjust your goals to the job description.

–          Request for feedback: It’s easy to give yourself a pat on the back for a job poorly done; but for objectivity, you need someone who sees your work from a different angle, that way, before it gets to your boss, you can be rest assured you’ve done a good job. Solicit the support of your team mates and peers for feedback. Do not neglect asking your supervisor on his/her opinion about tasks handed to you.

–          Be open to criticisms: Sometimes, you may not get the feedback you expect from people, but it’s your responsibility to sift and take in as much relevant information as possible, which could be useful to get you on your toes. Do not hesitate to ask for help after identifying your weaknesses, some situations would require the assistance of your peer, supervisor or subordinate; be humble enough to work with people- this builds your knowledge base and adds to your experience. Normally, criticisms put you on the spot but if taken in positively can also help you see things in a different light, allowing you to take different approaches to solving a particular problem; whatever experiences or skills you accrue in the process only makes you a better employee.


Measuring your work performance helps you answer the questions:

–          Have you made any difference at work in the past month or year?

–          Do you feel more satisfied with your job?

–          How confident are you in contributing to the progress of the Organisation?

–          What new skills did you learn in the past month or year?

–          What long-term value are you bringing to the Organisation presently?


The best way to compete is to be the best; to stay above mediocrity, compete with yourself -not with your colleagues.  The essence of measuring your work performance is to create more room for excellence.

What other ways do you measure your work performance? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell