It’s that magical time of the bureaucratic year where I have to describe how wonderful I am and what important work I’ve done in the last year.
Let me say for the record that I have no problem at all talking about myself… especially when it has a bearing on how much money I’ll make over the next twelve months. When performance appraisal time rolls around, I’m my own biggest fan and cheerleader – a happy warrior bent on carving out as much of the performance award pool as I can for myself. It’s most decidedly not the time to be shy.
What I’ve found, after two days of tinkering around with how to write my self-assessment this week, is trying to define and describe your value added in a plague year is, in a word, interesting.
So far, it’s looking a lot like this:
- Thing 1 – Cancelled due to Plague
- Thing 2 – Cancelled due to Plague
- Thing 3 – Heavily modified due to Plague
- Thing 4 – Business as usual
- Thing 5 – Has gone absolutely batshit crazy and now takes two people to do… due to Plague
If there’s ever been a moment where I’m thankful for the ability to string together a large number of long and important sounding words, this is it.
I mean surely there are plenty of creative ways I can say “Redistributed workload to support alternative missions in support of emerging and immediate requirements in inter- and intra-organizational cross-functional operations in the COVID-19 environment across the enterprise.”
Yeah, I’m not 100% sure what it means either, but it sounds like something important might have happened, right?