• Riley Steinbach

Templates For Your Next Performance Review

Performance reviews are a critical part of performance management process in most organizations. Performance reviews are a great tool for managers and direct reports to reflect on their skills including how they solve problems, communicate, lead, and how they reflect the core values of the organization.


Below, we provide sample performance review template for managers to direct reports, self review, and upward reviews. We also provide a downloadable file so you can customize the content to include the most meaningful questions for your organization.


Manager to Direct Report Review Template

Managers can spend, on average, 17 hours preparing each employee’s review! We made it easy with this template.

performance review template
performance review template

Downloadable Template


Tip: When managers are reviewing their direct reports, the feedback should be objective, constructive, and honest. Rather than using generalized sentences making it hard for direct reports to take anything tangible away from the review, we recommend using specific examples of the employee's behavior so they can take improve, correct, or repeat their actions.


Self Review Template

While some employee may dread reflecting on their own performance, self reviews are an integral part of performance evaluations and are an excellent way for employees to reflect on their performance.

Self review template
Self review template

Downloadable Template


Tip: Because self reviews are a great opportunity for your employees to reflect on their performance, make sure the questions are meaningful! You want the questions to act as a motivator to set new goals for the upcoming quarter after reflecting on your performance as a whole.


Upward Review Template

Managers are used to delivering performance reviews to their direct reports, but many organizations underestimate how crucial upward reviews are during performance evaluations. One study found that 57% of employees have left a job because of their manager! Managers play a critical role in hiring, training, developing, motivating, and engaging employees. But managers need feedback, especially formal performance reviews! Employees deserve the opportunity to comment on management styles and touch on the strengths and weaknesses that have direct effect on their performance.

performance review template
Upward review

Downloadable Template


Tip: Educate your employees (including your managers) on how to give and receive feedback.  

A good performance review can motivate employees, increase performance, and encourage employees to reach new accomplishments. Need some inspiration for performance questions? Check out our guidebook with 100+ performance review questions.


How is your organization reviewing their employees performance? Let us know!