Managing Details: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Managing Details is the skill of paying close attention to details of every element of your job performance to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Managing Details: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Achieves accuracy and thoroughness when accomplishing a task and takes the time to understand all the areas involved
  • Provides accurate information, in a timely manner and in a usable form, to other employees who need to act on it
  • Maintains a schedule, calendar, checklist, etc. in order to ensure that small but important details are not overlooked
  • Follows the required procedure, policies, security, and safety measures when using various equipment at work
  • Provides accurate and consistent work that requires little or no checking
  • Takes note of important details and writes them down in order to make sure that they are not forgotten or lost
  • Follows up with other employees to make sure that commitments and agreements have been fulfilled
  • Reviews tasks and projects to make sure that they are concise, clear, and accurate before submitting
  • Estimates how long it takes to perform a routine task and sets aside a specific amount of time for that task each day
  • Avoids distractions such as regularly checking emails and voicemail or surfing the internet in order to maintain focus and increase efficiency

Managing Details: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Performs own tasks as early as possible in order to have time to devote to unexpected or last minute responsibilities
  • Participates in ongoing educational opportunities or professional development programs in order to improve own personal and professional skills
  • Stays abreast of industry trends that help one perform own tasks faster and better and become more efficient
  • Does not let other employees waste own time with gossip; sets boundaries at work in order to complete the assigned work correctly and on time
  • Asks own bosses for regular performance feedback or suggestions for improving own efficiency and productivity
  • Compares finished work or observations to the expected results in order to find inconsistencies
  • Actively checks the provided information for accuracy and consistency before using it in order to reduce uncertainty
  • Uses appropriate tools to check and ensure that all parts of a task or project are complete before submission
  • Applies discipline to work activities or assigned tasks and actively looks for ways to enhance the quality of the products and services
  • Works closely with other employees to encourage them to maintain high-quality standards in their work

Managing Details: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Sets nearly impossible personal and professional standards for oneself, which makes it hard for one to achieve the set goals
  • Gets lost in the various details present in a project or task and ultimately loses focus on the actual project or task
  • Keeps on checking the final product for mistakes thus slows down own productivity as well as that of the entire team
  • Exercises control over other employees and shows the unwillingness to welcome any factor that could change own methods of working
  • Takes too much time to get the job done thus delays output or produces less number of works
  • Jumps into conclusions instead of taking the time to dig into the situation at hand and find out the root cause
  • Allows oneself to be caught up in office gossip or chit-chat instead of concentrating on the assigned task and producing correct and quality work
  • Does not show patience or perseverance for pursuing the matter at hand until the cause is exposed
  • Insists that a job be done in a certain way and does not welcome new ideas from others members of the team
  • Gets depressed when one makes a mistake rather than learning from it and moving forward

Managing Details: Self Evaluation Questions

  • Describe a project that demanded accuracy from you. How did you go about it and what are some of the challenges you faced?
  • Is there a time when you have failed to deliver a project on time because you didn't have all the required information? What happened?
  • How do you make sure that you have all the necessary tools before starting a project or task?
  • How would you deal with a team member who is super detail oriented, that he/she always slows the team down?
  • How do you manage distractions at work? Describe a time when a project or task you were working on faced a major distraction
  • How have you helped your team members improve their ability to manage details? How has this improved the overall productivity of the team?
  • How do you organize your tasks to know which one comes first and what follows next? What tools, if any, have you used?
  • What are some of the things you have done or skills you have acquired to improve your ability to manage details at work?
  • If a project is not due for several weeks, when do think it's the best time to start working on it and why?
  • Describe a time when you have had to multitask. How did you organize your tasks to make sure that you didn't miss any of them?

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