HANDBOOK HELPER EPISODE 28 PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS POLICY « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles


Employee evaluations can be an excellent tool for enhancing management-workforce communications if properly conducted by well-written handbook policy.

Performance Evaluation Tips:

  • Maintain a uniform and objective process, with a standard set of questions and judging criteria;
  • Engage in constructive criticism with suggestions for improvement;
  • Document all evaluations in writing;
  • Train evaluators to avoid potentially discriminatory questions or statements; and
  • Carefully maintain pay equity  throughout the process.

Policy Drafting Tips:

  • Explain when such evaluations will occur (e.g., annually, periodically, or in connection with pay raises);
  • Define their purpose;
  • Describe how an employee can review and respond to the evaluation;
  • Confirm that a positive evaluation is not an automatic cause for a pay raise; and
  • Reiterate that all employment is “at-will.”


Implement and regularly review your handbook to include a performance evaluations policy if applicable.

We publish this series to educate employers on best practices for a well-written handbook that assists applicants, employees, and management alike. To purchase our 2023 template handbook – which contains the above policy and much more – and accompanying forms or for more information, please contact Office Manager Aimee Rosales at 626.583.6600 or email her at officemgr@tbowleslaw.com.

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Cindy Bamforth
June 7, 2023

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