Performance Appraisal Action Words

Below is a sample list of action verbs to get you started with writing your performance appraisals. These headers are suggestions and an * indicates alignment with a UC Davis core competency.

Communication*

Address

Confer

Elicit

Join

Persuade

Report

Advertise

Consult

Empathize

Judge

Present

Resolve

Arbitrate

Contact

Enlist

Lecture

Promote

Respond

Arrange

Convey

Explain

Listen

Propose

Solicit

Articulate

Convince

Express

Market

Publicize

Specify

Author

Correspond

Formulate

Mediate

Publish

Speak

Clarify

Debate

Furnish

Memorize

Query

Suggest

Collaborate

Define

Incorporate

Moderate

Question

Summarize

Cultivate

Develop

Influence

Narrate

Reason

Synthesize

Comfort

Direct

Interact

Negotiate

Reconcile

Translate

Communicate

Discuss

Interpret

Observe

Recruit

Update

Compose

Draft

Interview

Outline

Refer

Verify

Condense

Edit

Involve

Participate

Reinforce

Write

Creative

Act

Conceptualize

Devise

Fashion

Introduce

Plan

Adapt

Condense

Direct

Formulate

Invent

Revamp

Anticipate

Construct

Display

Illustrate

Model

Revise

Begin

Create

Draw

Imagine

Modify

Revitalize

Brainstorm

Cultivate

Entertain

Improvise

Originate

Shape

Combine

Customize

Envision

Initiate

Perceive

Solve

Compose

Design

Establish

Institute

Perform

Strategize

Conceive

Develop

Expand

Integrate

Photograph

Visualize

Stewardship and Managing Resources*

Account

Assess

Conserve

Guarantee

Met

Protect

Acquire

Audit

Correct

Invest

Offer

Qualify

Administer

Balance

Determine

Manage

Plan

Quantify

Adjust

Budget

Develop

Market

Predict

Reconcile

Allocate

Calculate

Estimate

Maximize

Prepare

Reduce

Analyze

Comply

Finance

Measure

Program

Report

Appraise

Compute

Forecast

Minimize

Project

Secure

Teamwork and Principles of Community*

Adapt

Coach

Diagnose

Facilitate

Motivate

Resolve

Advise

Collaborate

Discover

Find

Prevent

Serve

Advocate

Comfort

Educate

Further

Provide

Simplify

Aid

Consult

Elaborate

Guide

Receive

Supply

Answer

Contribute

Empathize

Help

Recommend

Support

Anticipate

Cooperate

Encourage

Improve

Refer

Validate

Arrange

Counsel

Enhance

Intervene

Rehabilitate

Volunteer

Assist

Deliver

Ensure

Generate

Relate

Unify

Clarify

Demonstrate

Expedite

Mediate

Represent

Unite

Leadership and Managing People*

Achieve

Control

Exceed

Incorporate

Organize

Restore

Administer

Convert

Excel

Increase

Originate

Review

Analyze

Coordinate

Execute

Initiate

Overcame

Schedule

Appoint

Decide

Expand

Inspect

Overhaul

Screen

Approve

Delegate

Foster

Institute

Oversee

Secure

Assign

Develop

Generate

Launch

Plan

Select

Attain

Direct

Govern

Lead

Preside

Streamline

Authorize

Drive

Handle

Manage

Prioritize

Strengthen

Chair

Eliminate

Head

Master

Produce

Succeed

Charge

Emphasize

Hire

Mentor

Recommend

Supervise

Consider

Enforce

Host

Merge

Recruit

Sustain

Consolidate

Enhance

Implement

Motivate

Reorganize

Terminate

Contract

Establish

Improve

Navigate

Replace

Transform

Organization and Administration

Approve

Compile

Incorporate

Monitor

Provide

Schedule

Arrange

Correct

Index

Obtain

Purchase

Submit

Catalogue

Correspond

Inspect

Operate

Record

Supply

Categorize

Deliver

Inventory

Order

Register

Standardize

Chart

Distribute

Log

Organize

Reserve

Systemize

Classify

Execute

Maintain

Practice

Respond

Update

Code

File

Maximize

Prepare

Review

Validate

Collect

Generate

Minimize

Process

Route

Verify

Quality Improvement,* Research and Analysis

Analyze

Detect

Examine

Identify

Map

Search

Clarify

Determine

Experiment

Indicate

Measure

Solve

Collect

Devise

Explore

Inspect

Organize

Summarize

Compare

Diagnose

Extract

Interview

Publish

Survey

Conduct

Discover

Follow

Invent

Question

Systematize

Correlate

Document

Formulate

Investigate

Research

Test

Critique

Evaluate

Gather

Locate

Review

Theorize

Teaching

Adapt

Coordinate

Encourage

Guide

Motivate

Study

Advise

Correlate

Evaluate

Individualize

Persuade

Teach

Clarify

Critique

Explain

Inform

Report

Test

Coach

Deliver

Facilitate

Instill

Serve

Train

Communicate

Develop

Focus

Instruct

Simulate

Transmit

Conduct

Enable

Foster

Mentor

Stimulate

Tutor

Technical

Adapt

Conserve

Engineer

Map

Proofread

Solve

Apply

Construct

Fabricate

Master

Rectify

Specialize

Assemble

Convert

Fix

Operate

Regulate

Standardize

Build

Debug

Fortify

Overhaul

Remodel

Streamline

Calculate

Design

Implement

Perfect

Repair

Study

Chart

Determine

Install

Print

Replace

Survey

Comply

Develop

Launch

Process

Restore

Upgrade

Compute

Dispatch

Maintain

Program

Scan

Utilize

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