While your reviews may focus on your performance and the ways you can improve, you can help your manager gain a better understanding of what motivates you by explaining how facets of office or your personal life have contributed to your efficiency. This will help them gain a better understanding of how to optimise the workplace for productivity.
You may have a certain vision for the future, but your manager’s not going to be able to help with this unless they know what you’re thinking. Explaining what you’re eager to learn or how you want to see yourself developing within the company will help direct pertinent opportunities your way.
Offices are always changing, and if you have an opinion about a new kind of management style or newly implemented technology, its best to voice your thoughts (constructively). Explaining what works and what could be modified to be more productive will really allow your manager to get a sense of how investments in tools like technology may be contributing to the office, so don’t shy away from sharing. Be careful about your wording – the key here is to be giving suggestions for improvement rather than repeatedly pointing out what you may see as mistakes.
In a similar vein, it may be worth bringing up an investment you’ve had an eye on to your manager – this may be a type of software or simply an insight into the way projects are organized. Explaining what you feel may help you do more of your best work may alert your manager to insights they haven’t had previously, so be sure to let them know if you feel like you’d be more productive with better resources, and you might just find yourself in the position of receiving them.
If you’re honestly enthused and engaged by your work, be vocal about it. Your manager won’t just appreciate the honesty, but they’ll flag you for future openings in higher level positions along the line. This isn’t about just giving compliments where they aren’t due: it’s about illustrating the fact you’ve thought about your long-term position in relation to the company, and have ideas for the future that you’ve given serious consideration to.