I don't know how it goes at other worky places, but at my job it means HR sends out a form with categories such as "Team Work," "Communcation," and "Job Knowledge." We then get to assign our awesomeness (or lack thereof) a numerical value from 1-5 in each category. The final result is a (hopefully) double-digit number that is then submitted to your supervisor as proof of your job skillz.
This self-eval also happily coincides with annual review time, so you get to find out rather quickly just how differently your supervisor ranks your abilities.
Supervisor-Type Person: Alycia, I noticed you gave yourself a "5" for 'Productivity & Initiative'. Could you explain why you graded yourself so high?
Me: Oh, well since I have put in more than my fair share of hours over the last year, I thought it appropriately reflected all the work I've been doing. You sign my timesheets, so you must know that the last time I worked only 40 hours or only 5 days in a week was sometime in mid-2011. I've also done a lot for the facility during the expansion, helping keep things organized and running smoothly, even though we all wanted to cry most of the time. *uncomfortable laugh*
Supervisor-Type Person: mmhmm. mmhmm. Well, I gave you a 2. Would you like to know why?
Me: Uh, erm, yes...?
Supervisor-Type Person: I know you think you've been working a lot. And you obviously think you've done a lot for the group. But the fact of the matter is, you could do more. Remember that day last month you left early? Well, that shouldn't be happening...
Me: ...my grandmother died...
Supervisor-Type Person: ...especially when we're so busy. Take a look at Jen - she worked 96 hours last week plus took data home to review.
Me: But she collapsed from exhaustion and ended up in the hospital.
Supervisor-Type Person: Excellent dedication. SHE deserves a 5 for 'Productivity & Initiative.'
When my self-eval was all said and done, I had given myself an overall score of 27, which basically meant I gave myself '3's on almost all of the categories. I'm not one to toot my own horn, ya know?
After I submitted it though, I got to thinking (dangerous). To toot my own horn for just a sec, I am
I admit, perhaps I should have given myself higher marks, but when it comes right down to it, all the crazy/horrible/stressful hours and work I put in are my job, so is extra recognition really warranted for only really doing what is necessary?