I had my one-to-one annual appraisal with the boss the other day.
Prior to the meeting, I submitted my usual ‘internal CV’ which detailed how I did against my goals and objectives over 2014 and I had to “rate” my own performance.
Work-wise, I didn’t think 2014 was an easy one. For a large part of the year, I was ‘out of my comfort zone’ as I had been nominated to join a project team which involved lots of travel to London, working on a part of the business which I knew next to nothing about. The project ended with a report out to the senior leadership team, which I found quite horrible
as I do not like such presentations.
I was also ‘dragged’ onto a second project – on this one, I was belatedly deemed to be a ‘Subject Matter Expert’. However, by the time I joined this team, several months had passed since the start of the project, which meant deadlines were really tight.
So doing both projects as well as my day job meant that for me, work was just pretty much a blur last year, with weeks just flying by. A good thing I guess, as time didn’t drag, I was never bored.
The weekly fruit delivery at work
I think I found myself swearing a lot more than I usually do (which the boss occasionally passed comment on as he sits near me…) and at times, I felt as if I couldn’t put 100% into everything and there was the odd goal that I was close to but did not attain. I had a couple of sleepless nights, but thankfully, not too many.
I clocked in a few extra (unpaid) hours, mostly early as opposed to late, nothing too drastic to impact my social life, health or well-being, and this was apparent, because I scored a 100% attendance record
at work last year – no days off sick at all so I guess I was fortunate not to catch anything worse than a cold and I guess I maintained a good work/life balance. Perhaps those multivitamins I’m taking are doing their job after all, plus I always take advantage of the free fruit
provided by the company!
However, as my boss noted, stretched as I was and despite feeling at times that I was drowning a little in a sea of work, I still managed to do pretty much everything I was supposed to do.
So, how did I rate my own performance? I gave myself a “Met Expectations“.
How did my manager rate my performance? “Exceeded Expectations“.
So on the back of that rating, it meant that I qualified for a performance-related boost on top of the standard wage increases that were being handed out to all this year. The boss didn’t actually say what the ‘boost’ was but anyway, I’ll be getting an extra 3.15% from April. Nothing to get hugely excited about but I am happy with this because I recall the consecutive years when we got zero wage rises and no performance boosts to boot.
Even Better News
For the first time that I recall, I shall also be getting a bonus for the second year in a row, which I shall get in March!
Double woo hoo! 🙂
As commented in a post by Under The Money Tree
about bonuses, in the last 9 years, I’ve received just two bonuses at work.
The first one in 2006, it was all blown on a designer watch and a two-week holiday to Gran Canaria.
At the time, I had debts to pay off but they didn’t get a sniff of the bonus.
The second one I received (last year), I put 90% of it into my SIPP and treated myself to one item of clothing.
Oh how I’ve changed! 🙂
This year’s bonus won’t be as big as last year’s but it’s still over a month’s salary, so it should, if I save/invest most of it, hike up my savings rate massively.
I already know that I won’t be investing all of it – I need to siphon some of it towards my depleted emergency savings and also towards the final payment of my car loan later this year.
But the bulk of it will be invested – I’m looking forward to a big boost to my Future Fund!