Are you in a rush to create an employee performance review, but don’t know how to approach the task?

Then you’re in the best place possible!

You're going to get a popup on this page to download our employee performance review template. Use it as inspiration to make your own, tinker with fields, or just fill it in as it is.

Pro Tip: Use data provided by employee web monitoring software to back up your performance reviews with data-driven action and insights. Computer monitoring software aren’t just for measuring performance of remote workers; use an employee tracking program with both in-office and remote employees to ensure fair, accurate, and data-backed performance reviews.

Employee Performance Review Contents — A Step-by-Step Guide

This template contains all the essential employee performance review sections. You can make them as detailed as you like, use the template as a guide, or use it as it is.

Below are the explanations for each field, how to fill them in, and what you can include:

  1. Previous Employee Performance Review Conclusions — To tie the two consecutive performance reviews together, you need to have the findings from the first one. You can rewrite them word for word, or write a quick summary of the last review’s positives and negatives. This field aims to show how performance has improved (or worsened) since the last time they were assessed.
  2. Job Responsibilities — In this section, the reviewer should outline the scope of the employee’s work. A concise job description should clearly state their tasks, responsibilities, and expectations. Putting a job description in a performance review may seem counterintuitive, but it has an important purpose: employees, managers, and the HR department need to be on the same page to give a fair review. If an employee gets criticized for something that falls outside of their job description, the performance review is the opportunity to address that issue.
  3. Goals Met During Q1 — Here you need to define the goals they have met during the quarter you’re assessing, how they did it, and add any goal-related details you consider important. Additionally, you can add the information from employee web monitoring software as firm proof of their success, or show the workflow management data.
  4. Areas of Improvement — This section will address all the positive changes employees have made recently. To put their progress into perspective, refer to the performance tracking system you use, and demonstrate their improvement by comparing it to the problematic period.
  5. Areas Which Need Improvement — The purpose of a performance review is to reveal weak spots as well. In this field, describe any weak spots and mistakes employees have made. Remember — employee performance reviews are strategic and goal-oriented tools. A manager’s criticism should be constructive and evidence-based, objective, yet gently worded. It would be productive to briefly describe the strategies recommended for the employee’s improvement.
  6. Goals for the Next Quarter — The main goal for employees is to correct their mistakes, and deliver high-quality work consistently. Translate these goals into measurable projects and track them with a screen monitoring app, so you have tangible information to work with for the next employee performance review.

Additional Details to Include in Employee Performance Reviews

The template above is brief enough for quick needs, and adaptable if you want it to include more talking points. 

There are tons of additional elements you can add to a performance review, depending on how detailed and analytical you want them to be:

  • Accountability — How ready they are to own up to their mistakes and commit to improving themselves
  • Achievements — Describe the things they’ve achieved in the set period
  • Adaptability — How quickly they can adjust to new circumstances and tasks and does it bother them to do so
  • Attendance — Whether they come to work in time, and follow through with the previously-arranged breaks 
  • Attitude — Measuring their mood and stance in different situations
  • Creativity and Out-of-the-box Thinking — The ability to come up with fresh ideas and offer a unique perspective
  • Critical Thinking Skills — The ability to challenge popular opinions and think things through, considering every viewpoint
  • Cooperation and Team-Work Abilities — How well they collaborate and work within a team
  • Commitment — How invested they are in their work and delivering the best possible results on a daily basis
  • Communication Skills — How well do they communicate in a professional setting, their office, and digital communication etiquette, the ability to deliver the message briefly and timely
  • Customer Focus — How committed they are to making customers happy, and the lengths they’re ready to go to alleviate their pain points
  • Engagement — Tell how active and engaged they are with the workplace
  • Independent Work Capabilities — How ready and equipped they are to work without supervision and external input
  • Management Style and Leadership Skills — The way they set the path and lead the way for others: how well they lead and manage their teams 
  • Mentorship Skills — How well do they teach others and help them improve
  • Reliability and Consistency — How predictable their output is (in a positive way), and whether their coworkers can rely on them
  • Time Management Skills — Do they meet their deadlines regularly, and how well do they predict the amount of time needed to accomplish work-related tasks
  • Work Ethic — Their contribution – positive or negative – to  workplace culture, levels of honesty, and professional integrity

As you can tell, this is an exhaustive list of things that might be relevant for a performance review. You don’t need (and probably shouldn’t) include all of them; just mention the ones relevant to your business, and the ones where you’ve noticed a positive or negative shift. 

Workpuls Teramind ActivTrak Hubstaff DeskTime Time Doctor RescueTime Kickidler Veriato Work Examiner
OVERVIEW
Price $6/user/month $6/user/month $7.20/user/month $7/user/month $7/user/month $9.99/user/month $6/user/month $9.99/user/month $150/licence/year $60/licence (lifetime)
Free trial 7 days 7 days No 14 days 14 days 14 days 30 days 7 days Yes 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Very easy Easy Easy Very easy Very easy Very easy Very difficult Easy
TRACKING METHODS
Unlimited (tracker working 24/7)
Fixed (defined working hours)
Automatic (when computer is connected to a specified network)
Manual (start/stop)
Project based (track time only on projects)
GENERAL MONITORING FEATURES
Stealth mode
App and website usage
Real-time monitoring
Offline time tracking
Attendance
Activity levels
Keylogger
Geolocation
Remote desktop control
Website/activity blocking
SCREENSHOTS AND RECORDING
Screenshots
Screenshots on demand
Screen recording
PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES
Productivity trends
Websites and apps labeling
Category labeling
Productivity alerts
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES
User behavior analytics
Data loss prevention
Advanced file and web monitoring
REPORTING
Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
Mobile app iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android Android
Browser extension Chrome Chrome Chrome
Other Citrix, VMware Chrome OS
OTHER
Support Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Email, online Phone, email, online, in-person Online Phone, email, online Email, online, Viber, Whatsapp Phone, email, online, support ticket Phone, email, online
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations comming soon
API
Deployment cloud, on-premise cloud, on-premise, AWS, Azure cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud on-premise cloud, on-premise on-premise
Kronos Humanity Timeclockplus Tsheets Wheniwork Deputy Replicon Jibble EbilityTimeTracker OnTheClock BeeBole
OVERVIEW
Price(per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user+$16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan:$30 for 5 users+$5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user+$8From $2.20 per user$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
Mobile app
Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
MANAGEMENT
Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
PLATFORMS
Web
Android app
iOS app
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
OTHER
SupportPhone and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,chat and onlinePhone and chatEmail and onlineChat and phonePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
Start/stop buttons
Automatic time mapping
IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
Screenshots
App and website usage
Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
TASK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project adding
Project templates
Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
Budget alerts coming soon
REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app coming soon
iOS app Beta
Android app
Browser extension Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
OTHER
Support Phone and online Email and online Email and online Online Online, email and phone Email, online and support ticket Email and chat Email and chat Email Chat
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

Ready to Take Full Control Of Your Workplace?

Try the simplest solution today…

Start Free Trial