A good evaluation process is dependent upon many things, but a key part to the process is completion of a performance standard for each duty or area of responsibility described in each employee’s job description. In the sample performance standard and sample job description provided as a supplement to this chapter, the corresponding elements are color coded similarly.
The elements of the standards of performance should be specific and measurable and should be used as part of any employee evaluation and feedback process. It is this document that is essential to a performance based evaluation system. A performance standard removes the ‘guesswork’ out of the evaluation process and allows both the evaluator and employee to understand at what level tasks are expected to be completed.