Writing an employee evaluation? Try these 101 helping sentences.
Academia and the Army have one thing in common.
Yes, there is something. Your Business Blogger(R) is a former Armor Cavalry Officer and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Management, so I was surprised to learn of some overlap.
The results of an employee evaluation
should never be a surprise
Courtesy: Toothpaste for DinnerPerhaps the only intersection is the willingness to share with fellow servicemen or teachers various helps needed for the efficient and effective transference of knowledge.
It is all, well, collegial. For the life of the (military) mind.
A college has two goals — the business of teaching and preparing the student for life.
An Army has two goals — the business of teaching and preparing the soldier for war.
It follows that there are the only two missions that the military should have:
1) Learning to fight and kill and break things, or
2) Fighting and killing and breaking things.
(Sounds like either a firefight or a faculty meeting…)
I recently had a client who was struggling to come up with just the right verbiage for an employee evaluation. I reminded him that this did not have to be an original work of art.
It simply had to be sincere, even if the words were lifted elsewhere. Authentic, even if borrowed.
(This all makes sense when coming from a high priced consultant.)
Your Business Blogger(R) suggested using an old Army briefing book. Remember, it worked for Mitt Romney’s father, George W. Romney who once remarked about being “brainwashed” after a military presentation during Vietnam. It worked for him. It can work for you, too.
For your employees, I mean.
An efficiency report will comment on the employee’s commitment, attention to detail and follow-up.
The best evaluations will outline a sample example of an achievement with a department problem, a solution and the measurable result of the staffer.
One Hundred and One Helping Sentences.
USA Support Command, Saigon Regulation 672-1 Headquarters, USASUPCOM, Sgn 9 Sept 1970, G. White, Armor[Language has been updated somewhat for our modern times.]
1. Through his untiring efforts, devotion to duty and professional knowledge, NAME has accomplished TASK which increased the effectiveness of DEPARTMENT.
2. The timely guidance he gave to all personnel ensured the maintenance of a high standard of SALES/NOUN of DEPARTMENT.
3. The outstanding record of performance by NAME is due to his attention to detail in all aspects of his duty assignments and to his desire for zero defects.