Some commonly used phrases in performance reviews include "displays exceptional skills," "can be counted on," "maintains the highest standards," "has had several lapses" and "violates company standards." Other phrases include "displays exemplary behavior," "identifies the most worthy steps" and "has cost the company."
Many of these phrases are important in helping to establish some of the main themes in performance reviews, among them reliability, dependability and integrity. Passages that express excellence are often preceded by phrases such as "regardless of the situation" or "consistently demonstrates." Passages that express marginal or unsatisfactory performance often include phrases such as "inconsistent and unpredictable" and "puts the company at risk."