Performance Review Evaluation Survey Templates

Guide Employee Development with Performance Feedback

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Why do employees love their jobs? No, it’s not the food. Three reasons top the list: interesting work, career development and working with great people.* On the flip side, employees are more likely to loathe and leave their jobs if they feel underpaid, overburdened with responsibility or work for a bad boss.

Positive, productive employees make a strong company. Of course, you can assume that all is well – business is booming, customer satisfaction is high and employee turnover is generally low. But are you seeing the complete picture? Is everyone in the team doing their part? Are managers getting results through positive or negative motivation? Are people staying because of a tough economy or because they genuinely enjoy their work, their managers and their teams?

Regular performance reviews – of individuals, teams and managers – can give you a timely insight into the health of the very heart of your company: your employees. Traditional employee surveys conducted by human resources departments allow management to gather the business crucial feedback. However, a focused employee evaluation allows management and their workforce to engage in a helpful dialogue about career development and goals.

How to Use Surveys to Review Performance

Use the feedback you gather with performance review surveys to shape your management training programmes, target specific team skills development and plan individual career paths.

  • Self-assessment. Ask individuals to rate their job satisfaction and performance. Did they achieve the goals set at the beginning of the quarter or year? Were these reasonable and achievable? Annual performance reviews provide great input for career development discussions.
  • Employee and team skills assessment. Gain a management perspective on individual and team performance and skills. Identify any gaps between an employee self-evaluation questionnaire and those of managers, and then work out which training or development might be required to align experiences.
  • Manager Effectiveness. Across departments, what do employees think about their managers? Find out whether supervisors and managers communicate expectations well with their teams. Is there unity of purpose? Use surveys to determine whether the vision and goals of the company are clear to all employees – across teams, departments and geographies.
  • Career training and development. What do employees think avout the company’s job training and development programmes? Do employees feel that the workplace supports their career goals and ambitions? Which education programmes do they need in order to achieve their objectives? If there was a particular programme that you ran over the previous time period, you can also deploy a dedicated training survey.
  • Promotion readiness Is your employee ready to take on a position of greater responsibility? Do others – superiors, subordinates and peers – feel positively about this person’s work, leadership and collaboration skills?

Sample Performance Review Templates

Use one of our survey templates as it stands or as the basis for your own survey. Although all of our performance review survey templates questions are written by professional survey methodologists, you can tailor them to your needs.

  • 360 Degree Feedback (also known as Multi Source Assessment)
    For the most complete input and greatest insight, use this survey to gather feedback about an employee’s performance from their supervisors, colleagues, peers and subordinates. This sort of employee appraisal is very different from the traditional evaluation, which only incorporates feedback from an employee’s manager.
  • Employee Performance
    For the most complete input and greatest insight, use this survey to gather feedback about an employee’s performance from their supervisors, colleagues, peers and subordinates. This sort of employee appraisal is very different from the traditional evaluation, which only incorporates feedback from an employee’s manager.
  • Management Performance
    Request employees’ feedback about the corporate management team, including their opinions about management approachability, clarity in explaining the company’s goals and business plan, effectiveness at community and public relations, as well as workplace performance.
  • Department Performance and Team Performance
    Survey management teams about the key capabilities of their departments or teams. Obtain their assessments of their team or department’s skill levels and professionalism, honesty and communication among members, how they share responsibility, how well they work with clients and more.
  • Employee Satisfaction Surveys
    A happy workforce will correlate to satisfied customers. You don’t need to be a large enterprise to survey your employees. Even a small retail store or online business can gain valuable feedback from a questionnaire. Ask your staff about their working conditions, commuting times and even their office music preference.
  • Employee and Human Resources
    In addition to templates for gathering employee performance feedback, SurveyMonkey offers a host of surveys for assessing company culture and focus; career training and development; personnel policies; and employees’ satisfaction with their jobs, management and the company.

3 quick tips to improve survey response rates

Here are a few suggestions for getting your staff to complete your surveys.

  1. Make it anonymous. In order to obtain candid employee feedback, make responses anonymous when appropriate. You’ll gain the most insight when employees know that the feedback is completely safe.
  2. Provide an option for unstructured feedback. Offer employees the opportunity to give you additional thoughts and other feedback by including some open-ended questions with text boxes for unstructured responses.
  3. Keep it casual. Don’t use corporate-speak or language that’s stuffy or highly technical. Keep your tone conversational.

1. CAI (Capital Associated Industries, Inc.) “Top 10 Reasons Employees Stay with an Organisation,” last modified 15 March, 2011

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