Employee Performance Evaluation Report

Lt. Allen R. Sondej
2/2012 Rev.
Performance Evaluations
• Performance Evaluations are conducted
annually as per S.1.87
Performance Evaluations
• All employees shall achieve and maintain at
least minimally acceptable levels of
performance for each evaluation criteria.
• All raters shall evaluate each employee
under his/her immediate command.
• Raters shall rate the employee on
performance in the majority position held
during the current evaluation period.
Evaluation Period
The designated evaluation period shall be
from March 1st through the last day of
February each year.
At the beginning of each evaluation period, the supervisor
must prepare and maintain a Supervisor’s Worksheet
which documents specific information including:
Employee role, responsibilities and goals defined during
initial performance evaluation counseling sessions.
b. Recommended strategies for attaining goals.
c. Specific tasks of the employee’s position.
Evaluation Criteria
• Exemplary performance noted during the
evaluation period deserving of recognition or
• Substandard performance requiring appropriate
measures and remedial training to ensure
compliance with expected levels.
• Account for extenuating circumstances, which
may cause an employee not to satisfy the
required standard of performance.
Evaluation Criteria
• Training needs recommended or requested.
• Brief notations regarding matters of discussion
during any performance evaluation counseling
Evaluation Process
• Employees shall be evaluated utilizing
designated Evaluation Criteria and Measurement
• Employees shall be scored utilizing rating
anchors to identify performance of the
designated criteria.
• The evaluations shall be memorialized in writing
using the designated employee performance
evaluation report.
Evaluation Process
• Following completion of the employee
performance evaluation report, the supervisor
shall forward his/her immediate supervisor
(“Reviewer”) to review and discuss the findings
of the report.
• The supervisor shall review and discuss the
findings of the employee performance evaluation
report with the employee.
• This discussion constitutes a performance
evaluation counseling session.
Post Evaluation Reviewer’s
• The Reviewer will review all performance
evaluation reports prepared for personnel under
his/her command, relying on the following process:
• Upon completion of an evaluation report,
supervisors shall submit that report to their
immediate supervisor (Reviewer).
• The Reviewer shall scrutinize the report for
thoroughness, accuracy and validity and discuss
same with the supervisor.
Post Evaluation Reviewer’s
• The supervisor shall make necessary adjustments.
Upon completion of the performance evaluation
counseling session and the supervisor’s and employee’s
signatures are applied, the performance evaluation
reports must then be signed by the reviewers and
forwarded to the Chief of Police through the chain of
• Subsequent to review by the Chief of Police, evaluations
must be archived in the South Brunswick Township Police
Department Employee Personnel File.
• Contested or appealed performance evaluation
reports are subject to the following review process:
– Any employees wishing to contest their performance
evaluation reports shall notify their supervisor in writing
within five days after receiving the report.
– The Reviewer must examine all relevant documents
pertaining to the performance evaluation report and then
schedule an appeal conference with the employee and
the supervisor.
– If during the appeal conference, ratings or
findings are adjusted and all are in agreement
with the new findings, they shall be recorded and
all relevant documents forwarded to the Chief of
– If during the conference, there is no mutual
agreement regarding the performance evaluation
report findings or ratings, the Reviewer shall
render a decision that must be presented to the
employee within two working days.
– If the employee wishes to contest the Reviewer’s
decision the officer shall notify the Chief of
Police, through the chain of command, within
three working days. The Chief of Police, the
Reviewer, the supervisor and the officer shall
– If during the conference, ratings or findings are
adjusted and all are in agreement with the new
findings, they shall be recorded and all relevant
documents archived.
– If during the conference, there is no mutual
agreement regarding the performance evaluation
report findings or ratings, the final decision rests
with the Chief of Police who shall render a
binding decision that must be presented to the
employee within two working days.
Performance Evaluations
• He or she is considered to have or display
expertise in the area in question, and represents
the department in a notable fashion;
• Thinks matters out soundly and logically, and
his/her advice is regularly sought out by peers and
is considered a role model for fellow employees;
• Unusually good communicator, verbal and written.
Reports are always accurate, thorough, reliable
and submitted on time;
• Always enthusiastic in professional and
personal matters, treating his or her job as a
career, displaying uncommonly positive
attitude and compliance with rules,
regulations and directives and acceptance of
• Has thorough command of duties and
responsibilities, familiar with all details and
tasks, is alert for new and effective methods
and techniques;
• The employee consistently performs above
average and in a manner that is superior to
or exceeds expectations and goals;
• Works well without direct supervision, using
initiative, presenting new ideas and
alternatives and is willing to accept
• Relies well on training and takes advantage
of experience and the experiences of others;
• The employee consistently meets
expectations and goals, maintaining
proficient performance levels and
occasionally requires correction or
• Has a reasonable command of job
responsibilities and duties, requiring periodic
direct supervision. Occasionally makes
effective suggestions and recommendations;
• Displays reasonable interest and enthusiasm
towards duties, makes progress in most areas, and
follows rules and regulations. Makes continuing
effort to get along with fellow employees, superiors
and the general public;
• Communicates in an acceptable fashion and
displays good judgment in most circumstances.
Written reports usually are effective, well
constructed and submitted within expected
timeframes. Communicates effectively with
superiors, peers and subordinates and exhibits
good listening skills.
• Asks deliberate and appropriate questions,
frequently seeking advice of peers;
• Works in a steady, reliable fashion.
Needs Improvement
• The employee marginally meets goals and
expectations; is found to be in error
frequently, requiring regular instruction,
correction, counseling and supervisory
• Verbal and written communication is
sometimes unacceptable. Reports tend to
be illogical, careless, incomplete and are
sometimes late;
Needs Improvement
• Thinking often lacks logic and focus, fails to
concentrate on job requirements, requiring frequent
instruction and supervision;
• Occasionally seeks shortcuts; lacks initiative,
achievement and progress; displays few ideals
common to career development.
• Seldom displays enthusiasm and focus towards
duties, does not rely well on training, past
experiences and the experiences of others;
• The employee’s performance and behavior is
generally apathetic and he or she rarely meets
expectations and goals, displaying substandard
results, constant errors, a lack of achievement and
confidence and requires constant monitoring;
• Requires frequent, direct supervision, guidance and
correction. Lacks concentration, focus and interest
towards duties, displaying substandard effort and/or
• Frequently violates or ignores department rules and
regulations, failing to rely on training and
experience, while displaying inadequate knowledge
and command of approved methods, strategies and
• Communication skills are poorly demonstrated,
reports are frequently illogical, awkward, unreliable
and incomplete;
• Frequently displays poor judgment.
Not Applicable
• This evaluation criteria was not experienced
or within specifications of the employee’s
current assignment during the evaluation
Specific Definitions
• Specific measurement definitions and
evaluation criteria are found in Appendix “B”
of S.1.87 and shall be utilized in the
evaluation process.
Performance Evaluations
The Supervisor’s Worksheet
• This form is found in Appendix “C” of S.1.87
• The Supervisor’s Worksheet page(s) should
be used to document any pertinent
circumstances, incidents or occasions that
occurred during the current Evaluation
The Supervisor’s Worksheet
• Initial entries on the Worksheet should begin
with the performance evaluation counseling
session at the beginning of the evaluation period
and continue throughout the period including
any noteworthy details.
• Supervisors should make brief historical
references to record information, details or
remarks relating to specific employee
performance, behavior or conduct during the
period at hand.
The Supervisor’s Worksheet
• Records of exemplary or substandard
achievement and other noteworthy events,
circumstances, acts or activities should be
recorded on the Worksheet.
• All entries should be dated, corresponding
incident numbers noted if appropriate and
the name and badge number of the
supervisor making the entry recorded.
Pre–evaluation Support Form
• This form is found in Appendix “D” of S.1.87
• The Pre–Evaluation Support Form is
provided to each employee at the beginning
of an Evaluation Period by his/her immediate
• Completion is optional but highly
Pre–evaluation Support Form
• The form should be used as a means of
providing an exchange of information
between employee and supervisor.
• It should document any noteworthy
circumstances, incidents or occasions
including awards, recognition or
commendations that occurred during this
Pre–evaluation Support Form
• Record specific information, details or
remarks regarding your performance,
behavior and/or conduct during the current
evaluation period that you wish to have
• All entries should be dated, incident numbers
noted if appropriate, and any supporting
documents attached.
Employee Performance Evaluation Report
• This form is found in Appendix “E” of S.1.87
• For each category a rating is to be entered
as follows:
– “E” Excels
– “A” Acceptable
– “N-I” Needs Improvement
– “U” Unacceptable
– “N/A” Not Applicable
Performance Evaluations
Common Errors
Negligence of Rater
• Rater apply different values to various
components of performance. It is important
to apply the standards of the rating system
as literally as possible to guard against this
Prejudice of Rater
• All people have prejudices. Raters must
guard against rating personality traits where
uncalled for and apply the rating system
objectively. Prejudice can be both negative
or positive.
Halo Effect
• Raters must guard against the tendency of
allowing one highly favorable trait color
judgment of other traits. This can also work
in the inverse where a negative trait colors
other traits.
Knowledge of Employee
• Failure to have a clear knowledge and
understanding of the employee rated can
undermine an evaluation. Raters should
know the rated employee adequately enough
to make a well rounded evaluation. If a
supervisor is newly assigned or has a new
officer the rater must reach out to the
employees former supervisor for this
Central Tendency
• Under this theory raters avoid using the
extremes of the rating scale. This occurs as
a means to avoid work or in cases where not
enough information is know about the
employee and the rater feels that he/she can
not justify the score. Raters must put in the
necessary level of effort to accurately
measure the employee. The Pre-Evaluation
Support form can be helpful in dealing with
this shortfall.
• In this situation a supervisor over rates his
subordinates in order to avoid antagonizing
them. It also occurs as a means of shielding
the supervisor from accusations of poor
supervision as evidenced by poor employee
performance. This can be dealt with by
objectively and honestly utilizing the rating
• Just as Leniency leads to over rating
Severity leads to under rating employees.
This generally occurs because of personal
reasons that make it difficult to give high
marks. Again this can be dealt with by
objectively and honestly utilizing the rating
• If there are any questions refer to S.1.87 or
contact your immediate supervisor for