A review is a feedback that is given to people based on the experience of those that have come across them in the past and have dealt with them. A review is not just limited to being read online as there are different ways through which one can be reviewed. In some cases, reviews are provided during discussions and provided orally. Some of the ways reviews can affect your career as an individual, organization and freelancer are discussed subsequently.
As an individual
As an individual, chances are that you are working in an organization or you provide a particular service to people in your vicinity. In some cases, reviews are often required about you. Even within the organization that you work, Performance Evaluation is often required from time to time. This is within the organization that you work. Whenever you start looking for a new job, you would be asked to provide referees, some of who are sometimes contacted during your interview and background check to ask about you. Since your work experience would also be listed, they sometimes contact the previous company you worked for also to ask about you. If you do not have a good reputation within your office, your PER, reviews by the staff you report to or reviews from your former place of work could easily ruin your career. This is why it is important to maintain a positive work attitude always to avoid a case where you would be given a negative review that would make you lose promotions or lose a lucrative job.
As an organization
Reviews are important for any organization. It is believed that the best marketing any organization can get is a satisfied customer. However, if you have satisfied customers, it is often best to plead with them to leave online reviews for you on reputable platforms where more people can see them. There is a limit to how many people they can meet face to face and talk about your company to. However, with a review online, anybody checking about your organization would be able to easily see what the person has to say about you and it might be just the review that finally tilts the person’s decision in your favour amongst other companies that the person has listed out. Thus, as an entrepreneur, ensure you are listed on some reputable online reviews platform, give your satisfied customers these platforms and ask them to drop a review for you there, to help you grow and serve you better. A lot of them would be glad to do so. No matter how many satisfied customers you have, if they are not leaving reviews for you online, you can be sure that you would be losing customers steadily.
As a Freelancer
One of the major reasons why freelancers often provide quality work even more than people you employ around your local environment is because they know they would be reviewed at the end of the task. This is apart from the fact that you could refuse to pay them or release their escrow if you are not satisfied with the job of the freelancer. Most freelance platforms have features that allow you to review freelancers when they are through with your work on characteristics that include quality of work, deadline, communication, pricing and if you would hire them again. As a freelancer, having several negative comments or more negative than positive comments would mean no new clients, only clients who would pay you very little or only clients who know you are desperate to get positive reviews, and thus, they would manipulate you, probably without paying.