Your Cheat Sheet to Effective Performance Review Phrases – Part 1


All You Need To Know About Employee Performance Review and Appraisal

If you’re struggling to effectively communicate your employee’s work ethic in a performance review, you can use some of the performance review phrases listed below.

Employees who have excelled at their given work

  • Throughout your tenure with the company the level of work you’ve returned has consistently been of very high standard, thoroughly thought out and has impressive attention to detail.
  • You have a strong grasp on what your job role entails, and you constantly deliver work that surpasses the expected standard.
  • You consistently hit and exceed targets that are set for you, even when the bar is raised to a very high level.
  • The standard of work you produce is compelling evidence about how seriously you take your job.
  • The strategies that you deliver seem to always impress our clients, who speak highly of your work.
  • The accuracy that you complete your work with, and the high level of quality of work you produce is hugely appreciated by management.
  • During this quarter you achieved [xx], which is [xx] over the expected target. Though I can praise you with my words and tell you how grateful I am, these impressive statistics speak for themselves.
  • Regardless of how much or how hard you have been working, you never neglect the quality of your work.
  • The standard of your work shows your reliability and I feel comfortable that you can tackle any task I pass your way.
  • The thorough planning that I’ve watched you do has proven to help you deliver your high standard of work.
  • Your high quality of work has been delivered through your solid skills of understanding instructions, and situations, as well as methods and procedures.


Employees who are producing poor quality work

  •  Despite the support from management and your team members, you’ve consistently failed to meet targets, is there a reason for this?
  • The quality of work that is returned is consistently littered with errors which must be attributed to a lack of attention to detail, why is this?
  • The work returned from you is far below the scope of work we expected from you in this role. Do you feel as though the quality of your work has dropped?
  • Despite extensive training, the quality of work returned from you is sub par. Do you feel like you are struggling in this role?
  • We want you to succeed in this role, but the quality of the work we’ve received back from you isn’t up to standard, do you feel that you could improve in certain areas?


Employees who are good at problem solving

  • I’ve continuously watched you initiate new strategies to help you overcome problems you’ve faced, this is a quality that natural leaders have.
  • You are skilled at analysing situations and devising a strategy to overcome any foreseeable problems.
  • Even in the most complex situations, you don’t get overcome with stress and have the level headed qualities required to rationally devise a solution to a problem
  • You take the time to carefully consider possible outcomes so that you can be sure that you’ll be able to avoid or fix any problems that arise
  • You are rational in the way that you work and I’ve noticed that you don’t let individual emotion affect your work or the work that you produce.
  • You consider potential problems and identify solutions for them before they arise.
  • I’ve noticed that when you’re faced with a problem you will identify multiple solutions before deciding on the way that will best alleviate the situation.
  • Your technical qualities are impressive, you’re able to quickly analyze a situation and discover practical solutions.


Employees who have trouble communicating

  • Listening before speaking sounds simple, but it’s an extremely important quality in the workplace and I appreciate your interpersonal skills.
  • I think it would be very beneficial for you to take others people’s feelings and emotions into consideration more often.
  • Sometimes, it can be hard to share duties when you’re invested in a job or project. But, in order to succeed in the role you need to be a team player and work for the common goal of the team.
  • The strength of conviction you have in your role and job is impressive. However, sometimes there is a time and a place to be considerate, you don’t always have to be the strong personality.
  • Stress and work come hand in hand. However, it’s important to have the skill to be able to time a conversation that may stress out another workmate for when it’s appropriate.
  • Embarrassing another co-worker is never acceptable, even if you don’t agree with their opinions you must find a way to effectively communicate this without belittling them, or keep it to yourself.
  • When things are communicated correctly or in the right order, they can cause chaos and dominate important time that can be spent work on the actual job at hand.

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