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

A psychologist is responsible for studying cognitive, emotional and social processes to determine how people relate to one another and with the environment in general. He/she is tasked with conducting scientific studies on the human mind about the behavior and brain function of an individual to diagnose and treat mental disorders.

In addition, he/she can also get to undertake the following tasks; counsel patients, collect information through observations, and survey, conduct research to determine behavioral and emotional patterns, predict behavior, undertake controlled lab experiments, conducting aptitude and intelligence tests, testing theories through research work, offering consultation services and performing other related duties.

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


Explain what results one expects to see and in what form the results should be presented

Point the person to the resources he/she may need or people they may need to coordinate with in order to complete the task

[employee comments goal]

Utilize calendars, charts, to-do lists effectively with priorities, and a workable follow-up plan on each project

Plan to always be on time for any work or project you take part in

[employee comments goal]

Remember that people are human beings and no one wants to feel humiliated by one's critique of their work

Give one's personal opinion in a direct and friendly manner that does not threaten the other person

[employee comments goal]

Check in with other employees in order to make sure that all team members are communicating effectively

Use tracking software for clocking in and out only, but not to track employees' movement when they are out of the office

[employee comments goal]

Pick out signs of distraction such as looking toward a watch, clock, or phone, which could mean a person is bored or nervous

Listen to one's body in order to know when one is around dangerous people. Goosebumps can be a physical sign that something is not right

[employee comments goal]

Be committed to personal and company goals and go the extra mile to achieve them

Learn how to control and respond to one's own emotions in order to avoid causing conflicts in the workplace

[employee comments goal]

Investigate the benefits of own idea to potential supporters before presenting it and persuading them to support it

Give an example of a context where own ideas have been used successfully in order to convince others to support the ideas

[employee comments goal]

Participate in specialized training programs and seek for more specialized training opportunities

Develop a positive attitude towards complex training sessions and show more willingness to learn new skills

[employee comments goal]

Encourage others to use appropriate oral and written communication skills when sharing an analysis

Employ technical tools to understand trends when analyzing complex and large volumes of data

[employee comments goal]

Learn how different products can be integrated with or connected to other things

Put enough effort to know the procedures and policies that guide products and services

[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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