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

A Data Entry Operator enters data into a database using a computer and the relevant software as well as updating, verifying, and researching data. He/she also retrieves data when needed and also ensures it is accurate by verifying and reviewing as well as maintaining its confidentiality.

Other duties include creating and updating databases, creating backup files for the data, receiving and preparing source data by sorting and compiling information based on priorities, decide which data needs to be archived, tracking the documents received, providing assistance to other employees on data entry, training and mentoring new data entry operators and other employees, providing assistance to other employees in finding information when needed and distributing reports.

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


Properly evaluate my options by looking into all possible outcomes.

Show willingness to improve on critical thinking skill by learning new techniques.

[employee comments goal]

Not to overwork which may end up compromising the quality of work.

Always to gather data and information in a correct and appropriate manner.

[employee comments goal]

Advance the business agenda by being the very best the company has every had

Learn to work alongside others both in group setting and individual tasks

[employee comments goal]

Look for opportunities to change up one's routine at work in order to keep things fresh and feel more fun

Look at the bigger picture and stop focusing on minor issues at work such as making a mistake

[employee comments goal]

Learn to communicate and ask questions in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and waste less one's and other employees' time

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]

Proactively look for ways to improve the team and own role within the team

Focus on high-priority actions and try as much as possible not to get distracted by low-priority actions

[employee comments goal]

Get clear about what one wants to achieve and channel all effort towards achieving it

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]

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

Maintain an updated list of activities and track all project schedules

[employee comments goal]

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

Encourage others to study basic computer courses to enhance their computer skills

[employee comments goal]

Show willingness to improve typing skills and learn how to type more accurately and faster

Put extra effort to work under pressure and tight deadlines

[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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