A Simple and Effective One Page Performance Evaluation for Small Business

Updated: November 09, 2010

Firstly, in my view, there are 14 performance "capabilities" and I'd say that for any given role in a company, at least 8-10 would apply. These are skills and behaviors that, when done well, will generally lead to strong performance. They are:

  • Technical skills
  • Creativity
  • Time management
  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Collaboration with others
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Planning & Organization
  • Strategy
  • Reporting and admin.

With these as your criteria for evaluation, you simply address the following three (yes just 3!) discussion points:

  1. Discuss the capability or knowledge areas that are strengths for this person:
  2. Discuss 2-3 capability or knowledge areas as opportunities for growth and development for this person:
  3. Discuss 2-3 development actions, plans or initiatives for the coming 12 month period that will help develop this person:

Here is an example of a completed performance evaluation for a fictitious employee:

Performance Evaluation Template by Geoff Vincent - Example

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