100+ Performance Evaluation Comments for Attitude, Training Ability, Critical Thinking

Performance evaluation comments are a way to provide feedback to employees about their work performance. Evaluation comments can include suggestions for improvement, observations about how the employee performed in specific tasks, or congratulations on a job well done.

In this article you will find performance review examples for the following skills:

  • Training Skills
    The performance review evaluates how well one learns new skills and information through training programs, and applies that new knowledge in the job.
  • Attitude
    The performance review evaluates one’s attitude, work ethic, motivation, and engagement. It looks at aspects like enthusiasm, positivity, adaptability, and receptiveness to feedback.
  • Critical Thinking
    The performance review evaluates the ability to analyze issues objectively, troubleshoot problems logically, challenge assumptions constructively, and evaluate options rationally.

Each section below contains positive (“Meets or Exceeds Expectations”) and negative (“Below Expectations”) examples for the skills listed above. If you are looking for more performance review examples and phrases for different skills, check our main article here (click to open 2000+ Performance Review Phrases: The Complete List)

Part 1
Training Skills

Meets or Exceeds Expectations

✓ We are impressed with his willingness to give instructions.

✓ He is willing to help his staff find suitable training sessions.

✓ He does not mind taking part in on the job training. He is a valued team member with his enthusiasm.

✓ He encourages all the team members to join in the necessary training sessions.

✓ He is responsible and makes sure that all members take part in the requisite training sessions.

✓ He is able to learn concepts quickly and adopt them into his performance.

✓ He enthusiastically helps his fellow trainees learn complicated lessons in the training sessions by his “can-do” attitude.

✓ He always finds opportunities to take part in specialized training sessions.

Below Expectations

✗ He does not exchange class concepts to with colleagues though she still joins the training sessions.

✗ He does not require his staff to take part in the training sessions.

✗ He appears to think that the training sessions are not important so he does not concentrate on them.

✗ He should not joke in the training classes. He should concentrate on the content of training lessons.

✗ He should take part in more training opportunities and concentrate on them.

✗ He should prepare before coming to training sessions, This will help him understand all knowledge that trainers are imparting.

✗ He does not know how to apply the knowledge learned in training sessions into his performance.

✗ He declares that training sessions are not necessary despite the many new challenges he and his team are facing.

Related: Training Ability: Performance Review Examples (1 – 5)

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Part 2

Meets or Exceeds Expectations

✓ He builds an atmosphere of trust within his team.

✓ His attitude is an asset to his management skills. He continually builds people up. He deals with difficult situations with incredible posture, and focuses on the positives.

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✓ He refuses to be downhearted under incredible pressure. He stands firm and the situation does not affect his attitude. He has a unique mind-set that is highly appreciated.

✓ His attitude is always spot on.

✓ His cheerful attitude makes others feel good when he’s around.

✓ He accentuates the positives in most situations.

✓ He maintains a steady, positive attitude that helps. His employees feel everything is ok, even when it seemingly isn’t.

✓ He always has a positive attitude. He frequently has a smile on his face and you can tell he enjoys his job.

✓ He is cheerful person and people feel delighted to be around him. We are fortunate to have him on our team.

✓ He has an even demeanor through good times and bad, which helps others keep their “enthusiasm”, both positive and negative, in check.

✓ He has a soothing and calm personality. His attitude is one which should be emulated.

✓ He brings a level of enthusiasm to his job that few can. He is always one member of the team we go to when we need a lift.

✓ He is adept at maneuvering around any obstacles that are thrown at him. He finishes his work on time and with accuracy.

✓ He always smiles when he goes to work. He does not mind showing off his positive attitude to the team.

✓ He has never complained about his job or his colleagues.

✓ He always provides assistance when necessary, even beyond his normal fixed duty hours or at weekends.

✓ He begins each day revitalized and ready for any challenges he may face.

✓ He encourages his colleagues at work. He easily builds an atmosphere of trust within his team.

✓ His attitude is a valuable facet of his management skills. He continuously strengthens the connections between among his subordinates. He resolves difficult situations in an amazing manner.

✓ He is firm, determined and confident. His attitude to work is not diminished in any situation. His strong-mindedness is very much appreciated.

✓ He can deal with internal pressure excellently. He maintains the right attitude towards external relationships.

✓ Bill is such as cheerful person that everyone feels good with him around.

✓ He usually focuses his attention on the positives when dealing with problems.

✓ He has a positive attitude and he is willing to share his thoughts about relevant matters.

✓ He congratulates staff on jobs well done. He maintains a good and comfortable environment for his team.

✓ His positive attitude in his management role is his most important and effective skill. He is cooperative with others and tries to connect everybody together. He maintains an incredible posture and focuses on the positives when solving problems.

✓ He is always enthusiastic and helps motivate other team members.

✓ He is very level-headed and handles stressful situations with ease.

✓ He is quick to congratulate coworkers and builds trust within his team.

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Below Expectations

✗ His choice of language can be inappropriate. His level of voice is also inappropriate at times.

✗ He has a tendency to trigger problems between his coworkers.

✗ He excessively tries to talk about non-work related topics. He should keep his conversations work related.

✗ He has a tendency to be irked over minor things. His volatile nature makes his coworkers uneasy.

✗ He should concentrate more on the positive sides of his duties and his team.

✗ He has a tendency to be disruptive after difficult decisions have been announced.

✗ He fails to maintain his normally positive attitude in stressful situations and often resorts to inappropriate tone and language.

✗ His talents are very valuable to the company; nevertheless, his attitude to work is somewhat lacking.

✗ His demeanor can be unapproachable and this negatively impacts the morale of his team.

✗ He needs to control his temper and attitude, he needs to learn not to react too strongly towards negative situations.

✗ He can be the cause of conflicts between his coworkers.

✗ He has an overly sensitive and pessimistic personality. He is easily upset by problems or difficult situations. He should try to think more positively, focus on the good and avoid being overly concerned with his perceived negatives.

✗ He often has troubles with his coworkers when they work together. He is easily angered and argumentative with his colleagues.

✗ His argumentative attitude in conversations his colleagues can make them angry. He is clearly aware of this but he has made no attempt to change his demeanor when talking about non-work related topics. It is highly recommended that he improves his attitude.

✗ He is somewhat pessimistic and his moods affect other employees.

✗ He is careless and unmotivated, which ultimately slows the team down.

✗ He does not handle stressful situations well.

✗ He complains about coworkers too often. His complaints build resentment within his team.

✗ He is not approachable and is tough to work with.

✗ He continually talks negatively about projects or tasks assigned to him.

✗ He always has a negative attitude towards his work.

✗ His attitude is poor in general impacts his work.

✗ He talks negatively about other team members.

✗ He needs to focus on the positive aspects of his job and his team.

✗ He is constantly disrespects his manager.

✗ He often isolates himself and does not take constructive criticism well.

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Part 3
Critical Thinking

Meets or Exceeds Expectations

✓ He uses sharp ideas and critical thinking ability to solve issues quickly.

✓ He decides the most appropriate solution to an issue by considering the pros and cons of it very cautiously.

✓ He responds to any issue very quickly. He always finds solutions for problems on time.

✓ He has strong reasoning and critical-thinking skills that help him handle problems well.

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✓ He is careful and always thoroughly considers everything before he submitting any idea.

✓ He always thinks twice before he meets any problem. He rarely faces difficulty when he is faced with extreme situations.

✓ He uses an arsenal of creative strategies to proactively solve a wide range of problems.

✓ He consistently generates outstanding solutions to the most demanding problems.

✓ He focuses on solutions to problems not the symptoms.

✓ He has powerful analytical skills that he applies to every stage of the problem-solving process.

✓ He establishes workable, prioritized, and highly effective problem-solving plans for each problem.

✓ He varies his problem-solving style to meet the nature and demands of the problem itself.

✓ He approaches all problems with confidence and the expectation that he will generate solid and innovative solutions.

✓ He actively seeks out problems that require the most creative thinking.

✓ He quickly analyzes the pros and cons of any solution before deciding what is the most effective way to resolve a problem.

✓ He can find timely solution to any problem quickly and effectively.

Below Expectations

✗ He never considers potential changes in circumstances when making decisions.

✗ He rarely thoroughly thinks decisions through.

✗ He does not have the ability to implement a reasonable solution to an issue.

✗ His suggestions are never unique.

✗ He has a tendency to make decision without thinking through its potential consequences.

✗ He makes decisions hastily without thinking.

✗ He never considers the possible consequences of his decisions.

✗ He never thinks twice before making any decision.

✗ He often does not consider the situations that may occur while during performing his duties.

✗ His decision making process is too hurried.

✗ He employs problem-solving techniques that end up generating even more problems.

✗ He creates more problems than he solves.

✗ He overlooks or underestimates problems until they become major issues.

✗ He analyzes minor issues and lets larger problems fester and grow

✗ He decides on the solution before properly analyzing it.

✗ He comes up with solutions that are incorrect, insufficient, and invalid.

✗ He doesn’t analyze the situation and the potential affect of his solutions carefully before making a final decision.

✗ He is unable to find the most effective solutions for problems because his ideas are always mediocre.

Related: Critical Thinking: Performance Review Examples (1 – 5)

Part 4

Learn more:

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