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Personnel Performance Evaluations

This page provides examples of personnel performance evaluation policies and forms for Washington local governments, including informational resources regarding why and how to perform employee evaluations.


Doing a good job is important both to employers and employees.

For the employing government, if its employees perform their work well, it is better able to maintain or improve the public's perception of its operation, it can accomplish its goals more efficiently and, possibly, with less expense, and it may be able to take on new tasks without adding additional staff or budgetary commitment.

For an employee, doing a good job helps create job satisfaction, may allow for career advancement, and may trigger higher wages or benefits. But how does one know whether he or she is going a good job? Is the employee meeting the goals and duties of the position? Or is poor performance placing the employee's continued employment at risk?

Personnel performance evaluations, if made on a continuing basis, allow the employer and the employee an opportunity to see how things are going, determine if there are problems that can be fixed, and set out goals for the upcoming year (or months).

Examples of Forms and Policies

The following are examples of forms that could be used in making performance evaluations, along with materials that offer suggestions and criteria to help prepare the evaluations.

Washington Local Government Examples

Washington State Examples

Other Examples

Recommended Resources

The following articles discuss why performance evaluations should be performed and provide insight as to how such evaluations should be performed.

Last Modified: April 02, 2021