Use specific terms such as excels, grasps, possesses, achieves and exhibits when composing a performance review. These are measurement-oriented terms that provide employees with a solid understanding of their work.
Avoid trite, nonspecific words in a written evaluation of an employee's performance. Describe an employee's attitude as loyal, flexible, reliable and energetic, or reflect on his creative thinking skills as being innovative and receptive. When complimenting an employee's actions, use specific comments, such as "Tom actively seeks out opportunities to expand the company's customer base by utilizing new technologies" or "Tom exhibits a mastery of the computer systems needed for producing the company's products."