Sample Self Evaluation for Performance Review Phrases

Ollie is a hard-working employee who has done excellent work this quarter. He constantly crushes goals and is an ideal team player. When his quarterly performance review with his manager comes around, he’s confident that his work will speak for itself.

His manager’s review is not the only performance evaluator, though. Ollie also has to complete a self-performance evaluation. Being a good self-evaluator is as critical as being an excellent performer. Ollie needs to be able to put his achievements and growth into words that will be received positively by his manager.

To do this, Ollie needs to use clear examples and effective phrases in his self-evaluation. Here are some examples of key topics and statements that employees like Ollie can touch on in their performance reviews.


  • I always try to keep a positive attitude to show how much I enjoy my job. Every day I come to work with a smile on my face.
  • I am constantly congratulating others on their successes. When others need encouragement, I try and motivate them to keep improving.
  • I try to keep an even demeanor through both good times and bad. My constant energy helps others keep their “enthusiasm”—both positive and negative.


  • One of my strengths is that I keep my managers and coworkers informed of my work progress.
  • When working with customers, I clearly communicate with them in order to provide the best customer service possible.
  • I clearly document my work on assignments and projects so others can easily use my information and findings.

Creativity and Innovation

  • Whenever a co-worker needs a fresh look at a problem, they come to me for a fresh perspective.
  • I don’t rely on common methods to solve a problem but address each situation with creative solutions. I look at each problem with a fresh perspective.
  • I use my creativity in any role I am in within the team. I take the day-to-day tasks and challenge the status quo to see where improvements can be made.

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There will also be areas where improvements can be made. Therefore, it’s important for employees to show managers that they strive to develop. Here are a few phrases that convey such a message:

  • Over the next year, I plan on working to improve on having an innovative mindset. I am going to find activities that help me think creatively.
  • My verbal communication skills have been excellent, but I want to grow in my written communication skills.
  • Due to my competitive personality, my team may at times think I am insensitive. I will work on helping others see that my drive is to grow the company. I will make sure that I demonstrate that I care for them.

Self-performance reviews are a powerful way to engage employees in their own performance and development. By using effective self-performance review phrases, team members and managers can improve the productivity and positivity of reviews.

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