Squiggly Careers
Squiggly Careers
Dec 1, 2020
#188 How to prepare for your end of year review
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This week, Sarah and Helen are talking about end of year reviews. Whether it's for performance or pay, reviews are often a part of an annual process and can sometimes leave us feeling uncertain and anxious. In the episode, Sarah and Helen talk through how to prepare for the conversation and approach it with clarity and confidence. For more resources to support this episode, head to www.amazingif.com and if you'd like to be part of a live discussion you can join PodPlus at 9am on Thursday 3rd December (to register go to www.amazingiflearning.com/courses/podplus).

 

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