The point of an employee performance appraisal is to work as a tool to help motivate and encourage employees by identifying strengths and weaknesses in performance and to set and meet goals. It is therefore important that when preparing an appraisal, the supervisor be fair and more importantly unambiguous with word choice. If prepared and presented accurately, the appraisal will not be construed as the supervisor’s personal judgment of employee performance but simply a record of work progress for the year.
If you are having trouble, here is a list of 200 adjectives and other descriptive phrases that will help you pinpoint the precise phrases that will help to achieve the intended mission of the employee performance appraisal.
A cut above, Able, Above average, Absent-minded, Accommodating, Accomplished, Accurate, Adaptable, Adept, Advanced, Advantageous, Agreeable, Aggressive, Affable, Ambiguous, Ambitious, Amiable, Analytical, Antiquated, Appalling, Articulate, Assiduous, Astute, Assured, Attentive, Authoritative, Average, Awkward
Below average, Benevolent, Bold, Brazen
Capable, Careful, Careless, Casual, Cautious, Cavalier, Chaotic, Compassionate, Conscientious, Considerable, Considerate, Controlled, Cordial, Courageous, Creative
Daring, Deficient, Deliberate, Demanding, Detailed, Detail-oriented, Difficult, Disagreeable, Disobliging, Disordered, Disorganized
Effortless, Encouraging, Exacting, Exceptional, Excellent, Excessive, Enhanced, Enterprising, Expert, Exclusive, Extreme
Fastidious, Fearless, First class, Foolish, Forgetful
Genial, Gifted, Good-humored, Good-natured, Gracious, Great
Haphazard, Hasty, Heedless, Helpful, Heroic
Improved, Imprudent, Impudent, Inaccurate, Inadequate, Inferior, Ingenuity, Initiative, Injudicious, Innovative, Insensitive, Insightful, Inspiring, Intense, Intrepid, Inventive
Lackadaisical, Lax, Lazy, Likable, Logical, Loyal
Mediocre, Methodical, Meticulous, Mindful, Momentous, Motivational
Needs improvement, Negative, Neglectful, Noteworthy
Obstructive, Offhand, Original, Outstanding, Ordinary, Organized
Painstaking, Paramount, Particular, Pedantic, Poor, Positive, Potential, Precise, Prepared, Promising, Provoking, Prudent, Punctual, Prompt Punctilious
Reasonable, Reckless, Resourceful
Scrupulous, Selfless, Selfish, Sensible, Serious, Shrewd, Sizeable, Sloppy, Solicitous, Sound, Spontaneous, Stability, Standard, Stupendous, Suitable, Substandard, Substantial, Supportive, Sympathetic,
Talented, Thoughtful, Thoughtless, Timely, Top notch, Top quality, Trivial, Typical
Unafraid, Unaccommodating, Unconstructive, Uncooperative, Unnecessary, Unoriginal, Unselfish, Unsupportive, Unsurpassed, Unthinking, Untouchable, Unusual, Unwise
Validity, Valliant, Vigilant
Wary, Well-timed, Well thought out, Wise
Though using precise adjectives are important for employee performance appraisals, it makes a greater impact when you choose action verbs as well. As an example, substitute performs for is.