Don’t wait until the official performance review period to let your employees know how they are performing. Open communication is critical to a successful work relationship. Here are examples of appropriate comments for those employees that have demonstrated excellent work performance.
Key Phrases to Employ
Mastery: “John demonstrates a mastery of technical skills. . .”
Fundamental Impact: “John has made a fundamental impact on our customer retention goals this quarter”.
Full Comprehension: “John maintains a full comprehension of company objectives utilizing them for successful strategic planning and self management”.
Generously Contributes: “John generously contributes to organizational growth…company recognition…strategic planning…”
Positive Influence: “John has been a positive influence on management practices…company policy…”
Adaptable: “John is readily adaptable and can approach difficult projects and decisions eagerly and intelligently”.
Efficient: “John makes efficient use of his time, managing a generous portion of the team workload while early to meet deadlines”.
Exceptional Communicator: “John is an exceptional communicator having the ability to broach difficult or controversial subjects with the ease and positive outcomes”.
Excellent employees deserve excellent adjectives. Add a few highly complimentary keywords to your vocabulary to give kudos.
Superior, consistently, exceeds, excellent, proficient, advantageous, extraordinary, extensive, exhaustive
A few common phrases can make what was intended as an excellent review to quickly turn into what others will view as nominal performance. Here are a few phrases to avoid.
Generally, usually, decent, satisfactory, agreeable, capable, competent, fine, fair, adequate
“Performance Appraisal Handbook.” US Department of Interior. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2011. www.doi.gov/hrm/guidance/370dm430hndbk.pdf