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Before the appraisal, is it right to send email on all your contributions in the year?

 
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Before the appraisal is it right to send an email on what all good you think you have done in the year. I know the manager would be already knowing but sometimes in busy work he may forget some of the good points. Is it right to put all in an email and send?

 
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To me that would seem a bit desperate, and most likely biased - or were you thinking of including all the things you messed up as well? If your manager doesn't already know what you did well -and not so well- in the previous year, then the two of you don't talk enough.
 
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He would be knowing buy thought he may have been  busy with thousands of works and things might have slipped from mind.
 
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Your manager will have your file to hand and will read it before seeing you for your appraisal.
 
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What does that mean that manager will have file to hand before seeing for appraisal?
 
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They will have a file with all your work in, and will read that file by the time they see you.
Isn't that simple enough?
 
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If the manager is like myself, or like just about any technical manager I've met in a long time, then the file will not reflect anything done by an employee recently. Quite likely the last entry will be about last year's feedback talk - so if targets were set for you then, he's going to want to talk about those.
 
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Is it a good way to not remind anything related to appraisal to them and not do anything from your end regarding this and just wait for it, that's all.?
 
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You should certainly be prepared to talk about what you did, why maybe some things did not go as well as they could have, what you want to accomplish going forward, how you wan to develop yourself etc. etc. But I wouldn't send reminders beforehand about anything.
 
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In our organization,  we are called inside handed over hike letter and at that time a discussion happens as what you wrote above. However when this discussion happen, then hike is already given and nothing can be changed based on the discussion at that point of time as hike is already given minutes before this.
 
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It sounds to me like you don't talk to your manager much. I would have thought that mentioning your successes in conversation would be better than an e-mail out of the blue. (Call it "selling yourself" if you like.)
 
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In my previous organization,  we used to write comments in a portal about our feedback (self feedback)  during the year and also we could mention our contributions. Then then the one doing appraisal used to read those, give his comments and the rating. This was better process. In current organization we do not have any such process. We can just give our rating on various parameters like requirement gathering, on time delivery, quality of deliverable and then we get actual rating and final overall rating by them. But we cannot write comments.
 
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That sounds like a bad organization. How can you appraise someone without talking to them?
 
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I think it is appropriate to remind your manager of what you did that you are most proud of. Some companies have a self appraisal process set up to do just that!

Managers can't remember everything each employee did. Nor should they have to.

I remember when i was working for a year or two. My boss asked me what I did on a project (I was allocated 10% to another team). I was shocked he didn't know what I was doing. And he said "as long as that manager isn't complaining about you, I'm happy." That's a low bar, but it makes the point. It's easier to forget when you are doing a good job.

That said, I suspect the answer to this is regional. So maybe ask some people at your local Java user group
 
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