Employee Evaluation Form
How to Use it and where to get it!



An employee evaluation form is a tool to used to communicate and document an employee’s performance, normally over the previous year. Of course as an employer/ manager you should not limit yourself to sitting down with an employee and discussing their performance only one time per year! That would be just ridiculous. My hope in this article is to stress how important it is to communicate to your staff. This is just one tool to do it!















First if you are looking for an employee evaluation form I would start with U.S. Legal Forms who has been endorsed by some very important people like David Ramsey! But before you do that it is important to understand why and how the employee evaluation can be used to help everyone involved.


Prior to every sitting down with an employee and completing their employee evaluation form…


Prior to every sitting down with an employee and completing their employee evaluation form and letting them know how they have been performing over the past year (or what ever time frame you have set) you should have set down with them to explain what you expect! Not doing so would be like telling someone you want them to take a trip, drive safely during that trip, make good time, and meet all the deadlines you have set. After they have been driving a year you meet with them and tell them that they have not arrived at where you intended for them to be. They look at you and tell you that you never told them where you wanted them to do!

This is very frustrating to everyone involved! The employee is frustrated because they want to do well but they are not sure what to do! The business owner is frustrated because they are paying good money to their employee and are not seeing things getting accomplished that they thought was a no brainer! The customers are frustrated because they want a product or service that isn’t being delivered! If you want a blue car, then tell them to paint the car blue! Seems pretty basic but you would be amazed at how many managers do not explain what they expect from their employees.

Using an employee evaluation form correctly by beginning with informing the employee of your expectations is the first step to having the employee meeting them.


Using an employee evaluation form correctly by beginning with informing the employee of your expectations is the first step to having the employee meeting them. Here are just some examples of something you may want to have in writing and then go over with your employee at the beginning of the rating period;

You expect them to be at work and on time when scheduled.

You expect them to not have more than four unscheduled absent periods per year unless they have a documented reason that is acceptable your company.

You expect them to work in a safe manner adhering to all the company safety policies.

You expect them to produce one hundred gidgits per day with a minimum of no more than two that do not meet the acceptable standard.


The other benefit from a process like this is that if during the year them employee is falling short you can sit down with them and go over the expectations again and find out what you can do to improve their performance.


The benefit is that the employee knows up front what they need to do to meet the standard. They also know that if they do not have any rejected widgits then they are exceeding the standard. Now I am using this as only an example but I know that you understand the process. The other benefit from a process like this is that if during the year them employee is falling short you can sit down with them and go over the expectations again and find out what you can do to improve their performance.

If they do not meet, or cannot meet the standard, then you can begin the process of retraining the person, transferring them to a different department, or ultimately terminating the employee. Provided you are carefully documenting their performance you are putting everyone in a position to be successful. If the employee is not then you have been very fair in the process.

Again, I strongly recommend that you get any of the legal forms you need, including an employee evaluation form from U.S. Legal Forms. They have everything you need and you can be certain that it will meet your needs.

May God Bless You!

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