Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for an air traffic controller.

An Air Traffic Controller is capable of coordinating the movement of air traffic to allow safe distances between aircraft. This position is a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of taking offs and landings without any hitches.

More important tasks include, authorizing flight path changes, monitoring and directing the movement of aircraft using the radar equipment, providing weather updates to pilots, alerting airport response staff in the event of an airplane emergency, issuing precise landing and takeoffs instructions to pilots, managing communications by transferring control of departing flights to traffic control centers, controlling all ground traffic at airports including baggage vehicles and airport workers, providing valuable information to pilots such as runaway closures, weather updates etc.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Maintain a calm and composed attitude when someone is venting negative feelings and emotions

Listen with the aim of understanding rather than the intent of replying.

[employee comments goal]

Adapt to new technology and innovative ways of using it to solve problems.

Exercise great creativity and ingenuity when analyzing problems and coming up with solutions.

[employee comments goal]

Keep one's focus on building real connections with the people one meets instead of just socializing or trying to sell own products

Ask the contacts one already has to refer other contacts in order to build and expand own network

[employee comments goal]

Make decisions that favor all the employees instead of some

Take some coaching for better skills in performing assessments and appraisals

[employee comments goal]

Build a lifestyle of esteem and dignity for all humankind in the workplace

Create an atmosphere of love and concern among the employees together with the management

[employee comments goal]

Surround oneself with people who have already achieved what one wants to achieve in order to increase one's speed of learning

Learn to go against one's emotions and obstacles instead of waiting for them to change or move away

[employee comments goal]

Learn who works best through the phone, email, personal visits, or instant messaging and try to utilize their preferences when communicating with colleagues

Keep deadlines and commitments and make sure all affected colleagues know in advance when one is not in a position to meet these commitments

[employee comments goal]

Avoid constant interruptions and distractions that waste time meant for working on a project

Seek assistance to solve a problem quickly instead of struggling and lagging behind

[employee comments goal]

Show willingness to learn new procedures and encourage others to undergo training on new procedures

Eliminate steps that do not add value to a process and optimize the steps that add value to a process

[employee comments goal]

Seek for assistance when solving complicated problems and always welcome new challenges

Learn to follow technical specifications and instructions when designing new systems

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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