Secrets to effective evaluation forms
Good employee evaluations forms are key to the success of your performance management process. A poorly designed performance appraisal form can frustrate and disengage managers and employees from the process — defeating the whole purpose.
Here are some tips for creating great performance evaluation forms:
A good employee evaluation form is easy to use
The information it provides and requests is clear and unambiguous. It guides managers and employees as they fill it out, and gives HR and executives the information they need to make strategic decisions about their workforce.
A great evaluation form has a logical flow
A great performance evaluation form has a logical flow. It moves from discussion about past performance to discussion about development needs, new goals, career aspirations and professional/career development needs.
An effective evaluation form has a clear focus
It provides clear guidelines so managers and employees know exactly what information to provide, what ratings mean, how to get information they need, etc. When designing your form, keep in mind your primary purpose for conducting employee performance appraisals.
Use consistent descriptive rating scales
Consider a best-practice long rating style that provides descriptive statements illustrating the various levels of competency demonstration. This helps managers choose the right ratings for their team members' performance, and it makes it faster and easier to rate competencies and be consistent.
Employee evaluation form downloads
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Check out samples of some employee evaluation form templates our customers have created, which show the flexibility of what you can do in Halogen eAppraisal.
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Employee evaluation form resources
What makes a great performance evaluation form? It's easy to use, has a clear focus, promotes dialogue and development, and more…
Consider these general guidelines when you're designing your employee evaluation forms to help ensure they're "user-friendly", effective and follow best-practices.
When designing your performance evaluation form templates, it's important to consider "how" you want managers to assess and rate competencies. Learn about the various approaches and their unique benefits.
Learn how you can communicate the relative importance of competencies and goals to employees by assigning them weights on your employee evaluation forms.
Evaluation form success stories
Consulting firm WHPacific works to continually make improvements on their performance appraisal forms. They use categories and weighting to set individualized performance goals and reinforce organizational priorities.
Fairbanks Hospital spent a lot of time creating organizational standards for inclusion in everyone’s appraisal, as well as carefully outlining management standards and weighting sections to help align their workforce with their strategic plan.