Some standard templates for writing employee performance reviews are available from the Entrepreneur, Business News Daily and HR at MIT websites. Consult a lawyer or HR professional to modify the templates to meet the company's specific needs, states the Entrepreneur website.
When writing employee performance reviews, mix constructive criticism with praise, and focus on action words, notes the Business News Daily website. Action words, such as demonstrates, manages, directs and others, are more constructive and meaningful for employees. Leaders should also focus on praise and constructive criticism for specific areas of the position, including communication skills, quality of work, job knowledge, attitude and creative thinking, among others.