Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a data entry clerk.

A data entry clerk is tasked with the primary responsibility of capturing and entering data into the data systems of the organization. He/she ensures that all data is captured in the right manner so that any user who will want to use the data can easily understand it.

Other duties that he or she will get to handle apart from the main role include; reviewing all data to check for any discrepancies, verify data accuracy before and after they are entered, compile all data security policies, apply data program and techniques, ensure data security all the time, perform data backup operations and prepare source data before making entry into the computer.

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


Learn to figure out different possible options of solving problems on a short, medium and long-term range.

Learn always to try to find alternative solutions to solving a particular problem.

[employee comments goal]

Do proper research to get accurate facts and figures before undertaking any task.

Work and deliver good content or results without being monitored.

[employee comments goal]

Know the direction to follow in executing the projects presented

Become innovative always looking for better ways to solve everyday problems

[employee comments goal]

Concentrate on and take care of the task at hand before it gets into a possible procrastination list

Develop simple daily rituals to add to one's workday; have something to look forward to doing every day in order to improve one's feelings about own job

[employee comments goal]

Stop obsessing over every detail and just learn to perform one's best in order to avoid wasting time on tasks and meet deadlines

Look for a trusted colleague or family member to talk to when faced with a problem in order to feel relieved and figure out what to do with the problem

[employee comments goal]

Put some rewards and penalties in place in order to direct own actions, behavior, and choices

Visualize the desired outcomes for own goals in order to have more clarity about the goals as well as actions one needs to take to achieve them

[employee comments goal]

Dedicate more resources for supporting diversity and always communicate the value of diversity

Avoid making jokes that might be offensive to others and be more respectful to people with diverse views

[employee comments goal]

Learn to create a work-life balance and always schedule enough time for both work and non-work related activities

Consistently use a routine to get repetitive tasks done more efficiently

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to use computer aided design technologies to create technical illustrations

Learn how to use different versions and types of computer operating systems

[employee comments goal]

Become more responsible and develop a positive attitude towards work

Show willingness to learn more literacy and numeracy skills when working with data

[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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