Free Employee Performance Review Templates

By Becky Simon | July 5, 2016

In this article, we’ve researched and compiled an expansive list of pre-built performance review templates that can be used to evaluate and manage employee performance.

Below, you’ll find a wide range of free templates in Word and Excel formats, including an annual performance review template, employee training plan template, employee evaluation form template, and more.

Performance Review Templates for Excel

Simple Performance Review Template


Simple Performance Review Template

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This simple performance review template offers just the basics: a list of employee skills and qualities, and a rating system from poor to excellent. This is not an in-depth, qualitative review, but it provides a snapshot of employee performance and can help guide a conversation between manager and employee. There is a section for comments or additional notes where you can include significant accomplishments or future goals. This is a simple form for situations that do not require detailed written feedback.

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Employee Evaluation Form



Employee Evaluation Template

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Excel | Smartsheet

This employee evaluation form is designed to provide a comprehensive annual review. The template includes sections for measurable objectives that can be weighted and evaluated with follow-up notes. Other sections include assessing employee skills, self-evaluation for employees, and employee evaluation of managers. At the bottom of the template there is also room included for a professional development plan. This evaluation form is appropriate for a wide range of businesses, and can be customized to be as detailed or simple as needed.

Employee Attendance Tracker


Employee Attendance Tracker Template

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Excel | Smartsheet

Document employee attendance with this simple template. Keeping track of employee's past work availability, vacation time, and personal or sick leave  can support your performance review process. It’s also just a useful human resources tool for creating a record of employee attendance, including paid sick leave and vacation time.

Employee Training Plan Template


Employee Training Plan Template

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This employee training plan template is designed for new hires to help facilitate the onboarding process. Having a clear training schedule and objectives can help the transition go smoothly, and  also provides a document for both the new employee and manager to refer to with questions and updates. After the introductory training period is completed, the template can be used as an evaluation tool to assess progress and create a plan for moving forward. The template includes room for feedback during each stage of training, which will come in handy when the time comes for a performance review. This template can also be used for employees who are moving into new roles.

Annual Manager Evaluation Form


Annual Manager Evaluation Form Template

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Use this annual evaluation form template to focus on assessing management competencies. List as many competencies as needed to evaluate job performance, then use the rating system and comments section to provide well-rounded feedback. This template also provides a summary of the ratings to give you a quick overview of a manager’s performance.

Group Evaluation Form


Group Evaluation Form Template

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If you need to evaluate a department, team or other organizational group, this template allows you to rate individuals for multiple competencies, and then calculates the total rating for the group. This is a simple evaluation form that can give you a general idea of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular group. The rating assigned to each employee can be pulled from self-evaluation forms or other performance reviews. 

Performance Review Templates for Word

Annual Performance Review Template


Annual Performance Review Template

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Word | Smartsheet

This annual performance review template is separated into four sections: current responsibilities, performance assessment, professional development plan, and employee comments. Use the template to create a detailed narrative of an employee’s performance, including exceptional accomplishments as well as areas that need improvement. Work with the employee to create a professional development plan for the year ahead. This template encourages clear communication between employee and manager, and provides plenty of room for detailed feedback.

Professional Development Plan Template


Professional Development Plan Template

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A professional development plan outlines specific goals and a plan of action for reaching them. This template includes sections for listing any training or further education that might be needed, the purpose of each goal toward career development, action steps, support required to achieve the goals, and a timeline. Goals are separated into short-range, mid-range and long-range to address current needs as well as future growth. Taking the time to create a professional development plan can help keep your employees inspired and ensure that your future business goals are reachable.

Mid-Year Employee Evaluation Form


Mid-Year Employee Evaluation Form Template

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A mid-year performance review supports the annual review by tracking progress and providing a reference point for future evaluations. This mid-year employee evaluation form provides a simple layout and rating scale for assessing performance. Sections are included for comments from both the supervisor and employee as well as a goal plan for the evaluation period. With this template, you can  create a detailed evaluation and development plan, or keep it simple for a more informal mid-year review.

Introductory Period Performance Review Template


Introductory Period Performance Review Template

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This performance review template offers a simple rating scale for new employees as well as space for providing open-ended feedback, listing goals, and identifying training needs. It’s designed to be used after the typical 90-day introductory period. Conducting a performance review at this time can help ensure that the individual is a good fit and provide a clear plan of action along with adequate support as the employee grows in his or her position.

Employee Self-Evaluation Form


Employee Self-Evaluation Form Template

Download Employee Self-Evaluation Template - Word

Self-evaluations can be challenging, but they can actually be a meaningful tool rather than just a formality. A self-evaluation is a chance to honestly evaluate your job performance and find out if your manager has the same understanding. It’s an opportunity to own your achievements, let your manager know what you’d like to work on, and focus on your career plan. A self-evaluation can be part of a collaborative effort to define performance objectives and expectations that are in line with both the employee’s career goals and the needs of the business. This self-evaluation form provides an open-ended outline for identifying responsibilities, assessing performance and planning performance objectives.

Upward Feedback Template


Upward Feedback Form Template

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Word | PDF

Utilizing upward feedback can boost employee job satisfaction and help develop more effective leadership. This upward feedback template gives an employee the chance to provide meaningful feedback to a supervisor. The template is uncomplicated and designed to solicit thoughtful feedback on strengths, accomplishments and areas for improvement.

Peer Review Template


Peer Review Form Template

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This peer review template is intended for organizations that include 360-degree feedback in their evaluations. Competencies are rated using a number scale to provide a simple, quantitative look at performance. You can edit the template to include whatever competencies are relevant and appropriate for a peer review among co-workers.

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