Here are the goals that are easy to check off:
Pretty awesome, right? You get to answer with a big, affirmative YES I DID!
And with each one you answered with that big, affirmative YES, you drove your performance review rating down to average -- Meets.
The short answer is this: There is no way that your performance was any better than average.
Sure, you could be below average and need improvement -- if you didn't complete your training on time, take care of your risks or support department initiatives.
But there is no way you can be better than average. You either meet the goal or you don't.
So the very best you can do is meet your objective. Not exceed it.
I can feel the salary increase slipping away already.
When you have goals that can't be more than just met, you have more than a lost opportunity cost because you can't exceed them: you risk lowering your performance review rating even more because if you don't meet the goal, you get a "needs improvement" for it.
And that opens up more possibilities:
So not only can't you exceed these types of goals to improve your rating, you also risk dollars and reputation if you don't meet these goals.
It's a binary goal: you make it or you don't. Not "you knocked it out of the park," but you made it.
Since you couldn't negotiate them out of your performance review, there is only one thing you can do when these types of goals are there: Review your goals often and make sure you complete every one of these "meets only" type goals on time and in a way that's acceptable.
At least you meet your goal and don't get a "needs improvement" for them.
And accept the fact that there is no way you can Exceed on these goals.
Yes, it sucks.
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