Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a hardware engineer.

A hardware engineer is responsible for designing new computer hardware through creating of blueprints and also installs, maintains, and repairs computer hardware as well as updating the existing equipment. He/she researches new trends for making advanced hardware and also creates new directions regarding computer hardware, resulting in vast improvements in computer technology.

Other specific tasks include testing the models they design to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness and also acts as the custodian of computer engineering knowledge. They are also involved in building computer systems in other non-computer devices. Lastly, he/she makes sure that the added components in any computer system integrate seamlessly with the existing equipment.

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


Practice on a regular basis to improve the listening skill abilities.

Give other people ample time to talk before contributing again.

[employee comments goal]

Learn new ways and technique of starting and maintaining meaningful conversations.

Not to allow my personality to be a hindrance to other people approaching me.

[employee comments goal]

Begin discussions with questions that require group members to evaluate or analyze rather than those that just check for understanding

Connect discussions with the current of previous tasks and try to find similarities or differences that will help solve a problem at hand

[employee comments goal]

Book time in one's diary in order to prepare a business presentation for a networking event

Keep a list of one's top networking partners and do something every week to add value to their life or business

[employee comments goal]

Dress the part to create an initial impression of confidence and success

Support a more inclusive and positive work environment that creates an enthusiastic feel

[employee comments goal]

Try and gain a deeper understanding of the other person's perspective without immediately saying that it is bad or good

Spend more time reading books and blogs that explain how to be more empathetic at work and in the community in order to make improvements

[employee comments goal]

Adopt a strategic approach to the situation at hand and actively follow through on that strategy

Compare and contrast similar contexts in order to start understanding the differences between them

[employee comments goal]

Do quality and proactive risk management throughout, and avoid immediate reaction to changes

Learn from past mistakes; look at past missteps and how they were solved to help solve future problems

[employee comments goal]

Learn new tricks, techniques, and strategies of surveying competitors and staying ahead of them

Encourage more colleagues to attend more live events to get the attention of clients and prospects

[employee comments goal]

Work extra hard to get more certifications in new technology fields

Show more willingness to learn how to manage online confidentiality, privacy and security

[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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