100 USEFUL PERFORMANCE REVIEW PHRASES Performance reviews are key to offering helpful feedback to a manager or employee. But not knowing what to say or write can make the process downright painful, especially on a deadline. When feedback is such a key part of boosting employee engagement, it's important to get it right. Unfortunately, many of today's performance reviews aren't anywhere as effective as they could be. In fact, Fast Company reports that 74% of younger workers leave reviews unsure about what their managers actually think of their performance. Why? Because those review lack good performance evaluation comments. This mirrors the fact that, according to our 2017 Employee Engagement Report, 79% of employees don't think their organization's review process is all that good to begin with. No matter how good your performance reviews are, you could almost certainly do better. Here's a helpful list of 100 performance review examples — based off the bookEffective Phrases For Performance Appraisals — comments that you should start including in your performance reviews in order to give your employees (or manager) the useful feedback they're looking for. Keep in mind that these are starter phrases and you should be specific when you're writing any feedback for reviews. (PS: If you found this helpful, you might also want to check out our Ultimate Guide to Employee Engagement!) Achievement 01. Achieves optimal levels of performance and accomplishment with / for ... 02. Provides strong evidence of [specific accomplishment] 03. Excels at developing programs / strategies that have delivered X results 04. Improved production by X% through [specific task] 05. Exceeded the original goal of X by X% through [specific task] Administration 06. Continuously examines administrative effectiveness and seeks better procedures such as [tasks] 07. Develops successful administrative strategies such as [task] that led to [results] 08. Establishes effective systems for information retrieval through [task] 09. Improves administrative support systems through [task] 10. Keeps documents organized via [task] to avoid duplicate information Coaching 11. Shows a sincere interest in employees and the solutions to their problems 12. Lends support and guidance to employees by [task] 13. Uses sound coaching techniques to solve disciplinary problems 14. Provides continuous coaching 15. Is highly respected by employees for sharing concerns, problems, and opportunities PS: Download The Beginner's Guide to Great Leadership Communication Skills 16. Effectively communicates expectations 17. Excels in facilitating group discussions 18. Keeps meetings action oriented by [task] 19. Effectively communicates upward, downward, and laterally 20. Enforces company policies and values without creating negative reactions Cooperation 21. Encourages collaboration with the team 22. Shares ideas and techniques 23. Builds strong relationships with others by [task] 24. Displays a harmonious and cooperative spirit by [task] 25. Gladly shares expertise Creativity 26. Seeks creative alternatives such as [examples] that drove [results] 27. Clever and imaginative when confronted with obstacles 28. Is continuously experimenting to drive [results] 29. Initiates and executes creative ideas such as [example] 30. Seeks new ideas and approaches Delegating 31. Empowers employees with the authority and resources to achieve X results 32. Helps employees gain visibility through [task] 33. Encourages employees to solve their own problems 34. Delegates to match personal strengths 35. Delegates with clearly defined responsibility and authority Improvement 36. Develops continuous improvement methods 37. Conceives of totally new strategies 38. Continues to grow and improve 39. Devises improved means of accomplishing results 40. Is continuously planning for improvement Innovation 41. Develops innovative strategies such as [example] ... 42. Is very innovative under adverse conditions 43. Seeks innovative solutions 44. Fosters a curiosity for innovative possibilities 45. Promotes innovation by [example] Interpersonal Skills 46. Recognizes the needs of others and reaches out to lend a helping hand 47. Establishes effective working relationships 48. Generates synergy 49. Builds on mutual dependence and understanding 50. Promotes the company culture among peers 18 Creative and Sincere Employee Recognition Ideas Learning Ability 51. Displays an ability to learn rapidly and adapt quickly to changing situations 52. Shares learning experience with peers 53. Promotes a learning culture 54. Committed to continuously learning through [example] 55. Responds quickly to new instructions, situations, methods, and procedures Management Ability 56. Provides team with support through [example] 57. Collaborates with individual team members to establish a development path 58. Holds employees accountable for their own results 59. Provides team with the resources needed to attain results 60. Provides support during periods of organizational change Planning 61. Develops workable action plans 62. Creates flexible plans to meet changing opportunities 63. Effectively puts plans into action 64. Excels in developing strategic alternatives 65. Effectively formulates strategies, tactics, and action plans to drive X results Potential 66. Is capable of distinguished performance in a higher-level position 67. Has reached the level for promotional consideration 68. Can handle bigger projects and assignments 69. Is making a strong effort to acquire greater experience and skills to increase potential for advancement 70. Is enhancing growth potential through additional education and training PS: How to Spot an Employee with High Potential Problem Solving 71. Displays a practical approach to solving problems 72. Develops creative solutions 73. Turns problems into opportunities 74. Effectively solves problems rather than symptoms 75. Is skilled in proposing optional solutions Productivity 76. Exceeds normal output standards 77. Continuously produces more than expected 78. Is an important contributor to the successes of the department 79. Makes a substantial contribution to the continued operation and growth of the organization 80. Consistently exceeds performance goals Project Management 81. Completed X project with X results 82. Sets realistic timetables to keep projects on target 83. Is transparent with a project's progress 84. Makes effective use of all available resources when given a project 85. Clearly establishes project goals and objectives Supervisory Skills 86. Gives consistent recognition to employees 87. Maintains a work situation which stimulates the growth of individual employees 88. Makes certain that employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilities 89. Is readily available for support to employees 90. Recognizes and deals with signs of employee burnout PS: 20 Employee Engagement Survey Questions You Need To Ask Time Management 91. Consistently meets all deadlines 92. Prepares meeting agendas that are concise and time-saving 93. Keeps meetings on schedule 94. Respects the time of others 95. Makes effective use of discretionary time Vision 96. Excels in living the organization's values 97. Promotes strong support of the company's mission and vision 98. Is able to turn visions into actual action plans 99. Demonstrates an ability to transfer vision into execution 100. Excels in contributing to the company's goals Again, these phrases mean nothing unless you attach specific examples and data to them. To ensure a performance review is truly effective, remember to evaluate on data rather than assumption.