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Should I Rate Her A Three, A Four, Or A Five?

Our rating scale is numerical: one, two, three, four, and five, with five being the highest on the scale. Sally basically did a good job this year. Should I rate her a three, a four, or a five?

To begin, recognize that you’ve got a bad form. Good performance appraisal forms don’t require appraisers to reduce people’s performances to a number. But however the form is structured, you’re stuck with it. Do your best.

Your best involves telling the truth. If Sally did a good job this year, and a good job is what you expect, then she met your expectations. Give her a rating of three.