Wellbeing Wednesday: 9 Smart phrases to use in employee evaluations

Employees ask for direction on their performance. So when it’s the time for evaluation, they need to be told what they are doing well, and what they can improve upon.

These 9 phrases can be used in employee evaluations to offer positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. That way their performance will increase.

1. (employee) has been responsible for a major increase in (department name) because of…

This phrase is highly effective because it indicates progress and growth as well as the cause and effect between work-related efforts. It also mentions on which activities the employee was successful. That way they know where to focus their energy on.

  1. I’d like to see (employee) spend more time working on…

Employees want specific advice, that way they can take action on what they need to improve on. Offer them truthful insight in where they are missing the mark, but include realistic suggestions in which way they can improve.

  1. In the past year, (employee) has mastered (skill) by consistently…

Make time to compliment employees if they have excelled in a specific domain since the last evaluation. Talk about how he accomplished his progress and encourage him to continue down the same path.

  1. (Employee’s) follow-through could improve within…

If an employee has problems finishing a task, touch the steps that need to be taken to solve this problem. Tell him what’s working and what isn’t, and make time for the matter. That way you can ask your employee how you can help in tackling this problem.

  1. I’m impressed by (employee’s) ability to…

Remember to focus on skills and abilities, not personality traits during the evaluation. Discuss the skills in which the employee excels, but don’t forget to tell the employee which skills he needs to work on. Think about why you value an employee so much and spotlight those benefits during your evaluation.

  1. I see (employee) performing at a substandard level for (task), and I would like him/her to…

Sometimes an employee’s bad performance is a result of poor training on the company’s behalf. If you notice that an employee needs education in order to improve, provide the possibility for him to do so. Rather than communicating the negative, communicate the value you see in him taking on-going education in order to improve his skills.

  1. (Employee) doesn’t rely on common methods to…

It is always a good idea to make note of employees who take a creative approach in solving problems, within their roles. These special skills can be extremely valuable for any organization. Make sure it’s documented and rewarded.

  1. (Employee) often resists (task) and is struggling to…

Using this sentence illustrates the employee problem as a struggle, not a failure. Putting the emphasis on the resistance to change shows that there is a possibility to resolve the issue. The employee only has to have a change in behaviour.

  1. (Employee’s) high standards are illustrated within…

If you notice a standout quality within your employee that’s common in his/her work, note it down for the evaluation moment. This will show you appreciate the consistent, reliable behaviour. That way this behaviour is more likely to continue.

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