Employee performance review templates should have room for basic information such as the employee's name, the reviewer's name, the date of the review, the review period and the number of months the employee has held the position for which she is being evaluated, as reported by Entrepreneur.com. Some employers may also include spaces for the employee and reviewer to both sign the review document in addition to outlining the purpose of the review and providing specific expectations for employee performance. Reviews may be split into sections that cover different areas such as performance goals, discussion questions and rating of professional attributes.
Templates for performance reviews can include one or more different evaluation formats, including narrative, numerical scale or descriptive scale forms, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Narrative evaluations typically have a paragraph-based layout that describes what the employee has accomplished and how she might improve specific performance areas. Numerical scale evaluations allow the reviewer to select a specific number to rate the employee's performance in a certain area. This is an unambiguous way to identify the employee's strengths and weaknesses using quantitative rather than qualitative value.
Finally, descriptive scales combine qualitative and quantitative evaluation by assigning both an adjective and a number to employee performance. For example, on a scale of 1 through 10, with 10 being the best, the descriptive scale would include a word such as "outstanding" along with the value of 10.