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Job evaluation methods

Employee feedback is only effective when designed to meet your organization’s unique needs, making performance management an enriching and constructive process. This is why AssessTEAM supports every job evaluation method.


Top 20 Popular job evaluation methods

Every organization is unique in its way. Every team has a personality that cannot be easily classified, and a cookie-cutter approach to creating employee evaluations rarely achieves organizational goals.

With AssessTEAM, your evaluations can be structured to meet your organization’s needs, whether highly hierarchical or unstructured and casual. Regardless of your requirements, feedback with AssessTEAM is easy to read and understand. The choice is yours – your HR team can retain complete control of evaluations or they can be delegated to team managers and individual employees.

Simple top-down feedback

Supervisors deliver timely feedback on assigned KPIs to their direct reports

This is also the most popular and oldest method of performance evaluation. From the supervisors from the Egyptian pyramids 4500 years ago to present-day companies, most companies continue to use this simple method of supervisory evaluation of direct reports. This is where most companies start, and its an excellent first step toward formal performance management.

direct reports

360-degree feedback

Delivers much more pertinent information than simply top-down evaluations

The goal of 360-degree feedback is to provide a more balanced view of how your employees perceive the contribution and performance of others within your organization. It gives you, the employer, a unique and more accurate perspective for each employee by collecting insight from different levels of association: Downward, Peer, Upward, and Self-evaluations. Areas measured can range from job competencies, core values, behavioral skills, management, teamwork, leadership, work habits, vision, and overall organization mission.

360-degree feedback

Continuous feedback – or real-time feedback

Ensures that employees know what is expected of them and what their job requirements are so that they always have a clear path toward improvement

With AssessTEAM, job goals are accurately set up for each person within your organization, clearly laying out expectations at the onset. This allows both supervisors and employees to understand deliverables accurately. It also allows for more accurate collaborative information to be collected and documented for future review. Evaluations are given on demand so that you can document an event when it occurs and save the date for future recollection. Both real-time and scheduled feedback requests can be sent automatically weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Continuous feedback


Quality of products and services delivered

Quality checks are essential for pretty much every industry type. Evaluation of deliverables via a checklist and keeping track of trends are critical to maintaining high standards of quality. There are multiple ways of evaluating quality; this can be generalized free text quality input, evaluated via compliance parameters, or averaged out of multiple statistical inputs.

Evaluation of quality

45-day & 90-day reviews

Adjustable for new hires to collect vital performance information as an employee becomes acclimated to the organization’s culture

This is among the most important evaluation methods that deliver input to new hires at scheduled intervals to ensure they have the right information to understand job expectations and deliver the results the job requires.

45-day _ 90-day reviews

Anniversary day evaluations

Allow organizations to spread out annual reviews so that all reviews are required to be done all at once

It also motivates and reminds each employee that you remember when they joined your team. A large number of companies opt for this method of evaluation to ensure there is no specific time period when the entire team would need to be evaluated, This method helps managers focus on staff individually and deliver input that’s specific and not comparative to other members of the team.

Anniversary day

Scheduled annual appraisals

Annual review process is probably the most popular evaluation method in existence

This process captures historical data that can be utilized for real-time analysis and reporting. The advantages of evaluating the complete team together ensure there is symmetry in the process of evaluation of every team member, and the process can be scheduled appropriately with finite start and finish timelines-delivery of detailed team-wise performance reporting to be used for making data-driven decisions.

Scheduled annual appraisals

Monthly manager 1:1s

Face-to-face meetings with a quick evaluation to collect metrics for analysis

Manager 1:1s are even more important for new hires who may need consistent guidance to understand job responsibilities. This type of evaluation is common in larger companies where the team size demands each individual should get face time with their manager to clarify questions and provide an update on ongoing consistently.

Monthly manager 11s

Quarterly team check-ins

Give you insights that help you understand how your team performs with well-defined Result Areas and Performance Indicators

This evaluation type is applicable to pretty much every size team. Getting the complete team in a single location or a web conference to discuss matters that affect performance, delivery, and customer confidence is key to keeping organizational goals in focus. Metrics discussed in these meetings are collated for future analysis and comparisons.

Quarterly team check-ins

Engagement or pulse surveys

Enables you to find out how happy your employees are with organizational policies

Engagement surveys also help you gather business intelligence to make decisions regarding training, promotions and policy formation. Pulse surveys often bring up suggestions that the team could not discuss with their reporting managers or the HR.


Use Customer satisfaction Evaluations

To learn what your customers think about your services and how you can improve customer experience

This is the most important evaluation for service-oriented companies. Learning how the customer feels about delivered services is critical to the success of most companies. This data can be measured accurately and analyzed over time to see how specific changes in policies affect customer satisfaction.

Customer Surveys

Critical incident feedback

Simple performance evaluation method that captures the best and worst events regarding an employee’s work performance

This simple method is popular with many manufacturing and service-oriented companies. More and more companies are adopting this modern evaluation technique due to the simplicity of the process. Managers look for good and bad behaviors and make a note of it, its as simple as that!

Critical incident feedback

Mobile app-based reviews

Latest trend in performance management

Mobile apps not only make performance evaluations convenient they also add a measure of fun to the entire process. Most professionals are already used to doing everything on phone apps, and performance management via an app is quickly accepted. Both managers and employees love the flexibility, ease of use, and quick feedback possibilities.

Mobile app-based

Anonymous reviews

This is where supervisors do not see the evaluator’s name, so the feedback can be confidential and the input can be frank

This is a time-tested method of evaluation that can bring frank input from the entire team. This can be a simple organizational review, 360-degree feedback or a pulse survey that gets you anonymous feedback. Companies often conduct anonymous evaluations by teams to evaluate team dynamics and consider the findings in their decision-making process.

Anonymous reviews

Weighted scores evaluations

Job responsibilities have different priorities, so employees know which areas their focus is needed

This is a common methodology, as responsibilities assigned to employees seldom have the same priority. Assigning clear priorities helps employees focus on the things that matter most. Weights can be assigned to KPIs, Goals, and general responsibilities.

Evaluations with emoticons instead of words

Keeping things fun and light

It is important in a stressful work environment where employees would appreciate an informal mode of feedback. This is often useful when you have a young term that’s tech-savvy. Emoticons have become the language of choice for millennials. Emoticons are informal, but they can deliver a clear message to your team in a simple non, threatening way that encourages better communication.

Evaluations with emoticons


Employees can commend anyone on the team for a job well done, irrespective of job hierarchy

This is very popular with tech companies that encourage endorsements within teams to recognize accomplishments in projects, communication, and technologies. Professionals from all walks of life appreciate being recognized by their peers.


Review requests

It’s where evaluators want others to review feedback before the evaluation is finalized

This is popular for companies that have multiple team leaders and project managers. Review requests help gather reviews from several evaluators without time-consuming independent evaluations. Review requests are popular as a collaborative tool to ensure a holistic evaluation process.

Review requests

Evaluations of targets

Targets like sales numbers, production numbers, and timelines that employees are expected to achieve

This is often used where employee performance is directly related to a finite deliverable. All companies measure targets, and evaluations of measurable goals is the most common type of evaluation. The key is to ensure employees know the targets to be achieved, measure them accurately, and compute trends for comparative analysis.

Evaluations of set targets

Goal setting

Simple and effective with AssessTEAM

It is an essential organizational tool that is helping your team track targets, certifications, or competency milestones. Goals may be set by the employees, their managers, or by the HR team with evaluations periodically, at will, or at completion based on your individual needs. AssessTEAM goal-setting options are easily configured at individual and team levels. Access can be given to specific job titles to set up goals for themselves and their teams. The person of your choosing evaluates goals within the company. All team members see the goals within their result areas, and clarity is maintained on progress in achieving those goals.

Goal setting

Job evaluation methods enable employers to build a robust workforce by assessing how their employees contribute to the organization. Well-designed job evaluations are highly effective tools that help employees and employers identify areas of strength and weakness, strengthening the organization.

Regardless of your organizational size or industry, employee job evaluation methods are critical to managing your business. Opportunities derived from performance management software often lead to massive improvements in team efficiency. Knowing who your top performers are and what products your team executes most effectively can lead to wiser decision-making. Employees using AssessTEAM understand their jobs better, receive clear, timely input, and understand which path will lead them toward improved job performance.

AssessTEAM supports every way an organization chooses to run employee evaluations. If you need a job evaluation method that is not listed on this page, email us, and we will make it happen!

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