Working virtually has become an accepted setup nowadays, following the height of the pandemic. With no option but to let their employees work from home, the convenience of home-based reporting was uncovered further. Apart from the remote work setup being appreciated, even independent contractors or freelancers were further welcomed as equals of office-based employees.
It has long been debated that virtual assistants could be unreliable in terms of their lack of personal interaction and dependence on communication platforms. Nonetheless, as time went by and how their performance remained at par with every employer’s standards, this argument had ceased gradually.
With the aforementioned fact, remote workers have the obligation to continue proving that they could be an effective resource in the long run. Hence, one’s performance must not deviate from the employer’s expectations. In order to do this, a virtual assistant should consider self-assessment as an ongoing process during their employment.
It is natural for a remote worker to appraise one’s self during the adjustment or the early stage of work. For instance, you just started reporting to your employer and you have to evaluate whether you are coping well with the training or not. This is an established routine to ensure that you are at pace and would not disappoint in terms of your learning efficiency.
However, self-assessment should not stop when you find out that you are already accustomed to your tasks. There will certainly be a period that you will perceive this. You tend to accomplish your activities more quickly, and you can already be someone to train and guide your fellow co-workers.
In the long run, you should always see yourself as someone who is prone to making mistakes. Assess if you are failing to think of this matter. You never know, your contentment could lead to poor judgment.
One good example is the constant disregard to your employer’s reminder regarding the new training materials you should check, which could help you with your tasks going forward. Given you consider yourself adapted to your work, you end up not checking the said materials. There came a time that you made a mistake, which could have been prevented if you had been considerate to your employer’s prompt.
Relating to the given instance, no matter how settled you are at work, there would be changes that would come. You need to continue learning; you need to keep on growing.
The activities may seem monotonous, but it does not mean that there could be no change with how these are being done and no possible issue could arise while carrying these out.
On the other hand, self-assessment as your key in keeping yourself in check could help you identify your current or frequent errors. This would give you the ability to amend your mistakes right away without making things worse.
A good example is when you noticed that lately, you have been missing the deadline of projects frequently. This evaluation could lead you to check various factors that contribute to this poor performance. One, you may not be managing your time effectively. Also, you may be prioritizing your tasks incorrectly. Moreover, there could be distractions around you (which you may have brought yourself) that keep you from committing to the accomplishment of the projects.
Relatively, by identifying the possible causes of your mistake, you could eliminate them and keep your good performance preserved. You may start using a time management tool, such as a scheduler or calendar. Every day, you may begin a habit of listing down the high and low priority tasks you should work on. Lastly, you may remove distractions that could be hampering your concentration while at work, such as social media, television, snacks, etc.
At times, not only the people around you can help pinpoint the improvement marks you should keep in mind. It is also probable that you will judge yourself best since from your strengths to weaknesses, you know yourself more than anyone.