We’re going to talk about employee performance reviews and how they play a key role in helping to guide employees' performance, compensation, and professional development.

To maximize the effectiveness of your evaluation process, employers should review the employee's overall performance based upon specific, job-related criteria and provide concrete examples related to performance issues.

Be sure that your documentation is direct, factual, and detail-oriented, and remember to be honest with your employee performance reviews—if you provide a very positive review of an employee without detailing the problems, you now have documentation that does not support a decision to discipline or terminate.

Download the Employee Evaluation Form Documenting employee performance evaluations is key when conducting performance reviews to inform employees about the quality of their work, identify areas needing improvement, and set goals for performance.

Specific Areas of Performance to Include in Your Employee Evaluation Form Include:  

  • Quality of work

  • Attendance and punctuality

  • Dependability

  • Communication skills

  • Judgment and decision-making

  • Initiative and flexibility

  • Teamwork

  • Job knowledge

  • Training and development

Performance records can provide important documentation for your company in the event a disciplinary action, termination, or other adverse personnel decision becomes necessary.

Be careful that your review process and measurements of performance treat employees equitably, and avoid any statements or actions that can be construed as discriminatory.

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