Sample Employee Reviews That Get to the Point

These two sample employee reviews are designed to help you efficiently address different situations you may encounter. One review is targeted at addressing a performance problem, and the other review is intended to encourage an employee who has excelled.

Sample Employee Performance Review: Addressing a Concern

Name:
Department:
Date of Hire/Date of Review:
Date for Follow-Up Review: Make sure to establish a definite time to reconvene.
Rating System: This should be a standard rating system that applies across the board for all employees.
Positive Contributions to Team: Even though this review is geared toward addressing concerns, it's best to start with identifying what the employee has done correctly. Criticism is always taken best after establishing appreciation for excellence or adequate work.
Areas of Concern: Identify the areas of concern in great detail. Use specifics, and avoid vague terms. Make sure you spell out exactly what the problem is.
Plan for Improvement: Identify exactly what needs to change for you to be satisfied. Give measurable quantifiers and specific challenges.
Consequences of Failure to Improve: Explain exactly what consequences will occur if the changes detailed are not made (demotion, pay cut or loss of job).

Sample Employee Performance Review Form: Highlighting Excellent Performance
Name:
Department:
Date of Hire/Date of Review:
Date for Follow-Up Review:
Rating System: This should be a standard rating system that applies across the board for all employees.
Positive Contributions to Team: Make sure to identify all the ways the employee has exceeded expectations. You cannot praise a good employee too much. Make sure the employee is well-rewarded for going above and beyond what is expected.
Areas of Concern: Leave blank if you genuinely feel the employee has excelled.
Reward for Excellent Performance: Look for ways to reward your employee for her excellent work. If your company does not build in rewards, try to find tangible ways to show your appreciation.
New Goals: Even if the employee has exceeded all expectations, it is good to set new, higher goals to keep the challenge fresh. Make sure the new goals are attainable and reflect your belief in the employee that she can continue to grow and contribute at a greater level.

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