by Bret Sanner and Karoline Evans

Why are performance reviews so intimidating? While we all know that they’re important for our career — they help us see if we met our goals, what skills we need to work on, or what we excel in — the process is pretty anxiety-inducing. “Will I get a promotion?” “Did I make the cut for the bonus this year?” “Am I going to be shown the door?” It’s these unknowns that make these conversations frightening, especially if you’re new to the workforce and have never experienced an evaluation (or if your first review or two didn’t go according to plan).