Employee evaluation can take many forms, and they're never a one-shot deal. For this reason, it is important to develop a number of evaluation types with forms to use as needed. Numerous situations can present themselves daily, and often include observation of employee actions, conversations, attainment of goals, and rising to challenging circumstances in the workplace. These forms or tools, to be used in any instance, will come in handy when such opportunities present themselves.
Use a Word document or Excel sheet to develop a check-list to use in observational circumstances. Think about what you might observe daily that would prove useful in evaluating an employee. Such instances could include anecdotal information such as interaction with others, initiative, willingness, enthusiasm, motivation, use of time, time-on-task, etc. Develop several areas and give each area something to check off, such as a box, with an area for comments beneath.
Evaluate communication with others and with superiors on-going through the use of a rubric. Use a Word document or Excel sheet to develop specific and descriptive criteria for all areas within interpersonal communication to include providing appropriate feedback to others, refraining from inappropriate language, using appropriate language protocols that open and further communication, etc. Rate these areas from 1 to 5 to come up with a sum total.
Establish sum totals in the following areas: exceeds expectation, meets expectation, adequate progress, and below expectation.
Develop a goals-list for the employee to fill out prior to an evaluation, preferably at the beginning of the year, allowing a year in between to provide the employee with enough time to try to achieve the goal. This also provides the employer time to evaluate such progress toward it. Keep the form simple. Focus it on two or three goals, with steps the employee can take toward them.
Create a certificate for employees to be rewarded with when they rise to challenging circumstances in the workplace. This type of evaluation works to motivate and inspire continued positive action, while providing opportunities for recognition and positive reinforcement.
Writing since 1984, Susan Deschel just published "Peer Coaching for Adolescent Writers" through Corwin Press, a handbook for teachers. Deschel has a bachelor's degree in creative writing, master's in education, and is currently working on her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She writes in other genres, including fiction and poetry.