There is no “I” in “team”. This is arguably the most overused phrase in business. Yet that doesn’t make the cliche untrue. In fact, about 75% of employees regard teamwork and collaboration as very important. Essentially, a company’s success can be measured by the ability of its staff to work together and get things done.

About to give a performance review to staff about teamwork skills? It’s vital to choose the right words, which is easier said than done, especially if you’re trying to make each review unique. Fortunately, I provide more than 100 (good and bad) performance review phrases on the subject of teamwork and cooperation. All you need to do is scroll down to find the appropriate response. 

Performance Review Phrases about Teamwork

  • (Employee Name) provides excellent feedback towards team members and accepts feedback, as well.
  • (Employee Name) communicates opinions and ideas to others quite well.
  • (Employee Name) encourages everyone to turn in optimal work every time.
  • (Employee Name) understands how to lead by example and has the ability to influence others positively.
  • (Employee Name) takes time to build relationships with team members, which makes team projects go much faster.
  • (Employee Name) always maintains rapport with others and makes each teammate feel appreciated.
  • (Employee Name) knows how to express his/her emotions in a non-confrontational way.
  • (Employee Name) exhumes empowerment and encourages others to do the same.
  • (Employee Name) shows excellent confidence when making decisions for the team.
  • (Employee Name) is always willing to help coach others on difficult tasks.
  • (Employee Name) makes himself/herself available to aid others in the team when projects become difficult.
  • (Employee Name) is well-mannered and treats each team member with dignity and respect.
  • (Employee Name) expects that all team members are provided with a safe space where they can voice out their concerns and issues regarding a task or project.
  • (Employee Name) notices when a coworker has trouble doing their task and helps them.
  • (Employee Name) treats every suggestion and idea equally and respectfully.
  • (Employee Name) always has an open mind when faced with constructive criticism and tries to improve afterwards.
  • (Employee Name) shares all achievements with each team member.
  • (Employee Name) is quite trustworthy and it shows with his/her team member’s open communication.
  • (Employee Name) does not let emotions cloud his/her judgment.
  • (Employee Name) tries to resolve team issues in a quick and decisive manner.

Positive Feedback about Teamwork Examples

  • (Employee Name) leads the team and assigns proper duties to teammates.
  • (Employee Name) approaches any form of conflict logically and rationally.
  • (Employee Name) identifies each problem promptly and leads the team to a workable solution.
  • (Employee Name) gets along with everyone in the company, no matter their position.
  • (Employee Name) has a team first attitude. Team members would look to him/her for problem solving.
  • (Employee Name) always encourages having the right behavior after giving feedback.
  • (Employee Name) does a fantastic job of leading his/her team to ensure all projects are completed before the deadline.
  • (Employee Name) is quite observant. He/She notices when tension is building so that she/she can de-escalate the situation right away.
  • (Employee Name) ensures that everyone on the team can share the floor with him/her during meetings.
  • (Employee Name) makes it a point to keep everyone involved on a project to ensure efficiency.
  • (Employee Name) understands that there is always room to grow and gives proper feedback to his/her team members.

(Employee Name) works well within a team and ensures that his/her teammates are heard.

  • (Employee Name) offers assistance to team members on their duties even when they are outside their direct obligation.
  • (Employee Name) is always ready to help a teammate who’s experiencing difficulties.
  • (Employee Name) respects each team member even when they have varying opinions.
  • (Employee Name) makes himself/herself available to her teammates when they need help.
  • (Employee Name) has a pleasant attitude that makes him/her easy to work with on each project.
  • (Employee Name) always has a cooperative attitude when working on team projects, and tries to get everyone to do the same.
  • (Employee Name) works hard to keep the team morale high, doing what he/she has to do to turn things around when the team seems to be falling apart.
  • (Employee Name) makes sure the team accomplishes what it’s supposed to, ensuring a job well done.

Negative Feedback about Teamwork Examples

Bring it in team.

  • (Employee Name) does not know how to lead his/her team well, which shows through their less than optimal work as a team.
  • (Employee Name) gives the team too much freedom, leading to a delay in the project.
  • (Employee Name) tends to get angrily easily when others have opposing ideas on a task.
  • (Employee Name) takes excessive breaks, slowing down the flow of work in the department.
  • (Employee Name) tends to shy away from projects that require a team effort.
  • (Employee Name) does not even try to accept feedback.

(Employee Name) does not take the time to build rapport with teammates, which reduces trustworthiness.

  • (Employee Name) shuts down ideas from other teammates and does not make them feel heard.
  • (Employee Name) never helps others on their tasks and would focus solely on his/her assignment.
  • (Employee Name) tends to dominate others, which often leads to misjudgment.
  • (Employee Name) craves personal recognition and does not appreciate the efforts of his/her teammates.
  • (Employee Name) does not try to become more involved with the team and would often act alone.
  • (Employee Name) does not put the team’s interest first. One way to improve this behavior would be to ask the about the needs of others on the team. 

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  • (Employee Name) never goes above and beyond. If it’s time to quit, he leaves even if the team is still working.
  • (Employee Name) can get frustrated easily and may even backtalk to others.
  • (Employee Name) doesn’t like to work with others and he/she makes it apparent, even saying the words out loud when he/she has to meet with the team.

(Employee Name) only worries about his/her work. He/She doesn’t look around to help other team members even when he/she finishes work early.

  • (Employee Name) always interrupts team members when they are speaking, especially if he/she doesn’t agree with what they have to say.
  • (Employee Name) criticizes other employees when he/she doesn’t agree with what they say or do. It can be demeaning and embarrassing.
  • (Employee Name) does not offer new ideas for the group. He/She just goes with the flow even when he/she may have other ideas to do things better.

Performance Review Phrases about Cooperation

How can we work better together?

  • (Employee Name) does his/her best to show cooperation with other team members.
  • (Employee Name) tries to get other people involved in group projects, so that it can be finished faster.
  • (Employee Name) has an open mind when receiving feedback and improves accordingly.
  • (Employee Name) goes out of his/her way to help out a teammate whenever they need help.

(Employee Name) communicates openly with the team to encourage trust.

  • (Employee Name) accepts instructions completely and follows them by the book.
  • (Employee Name) is willing to let others lead when they have better solutions to a particular problem.
  • (Employee Name) admits when he/she made a mistake and makes up for it.
  • (Employee Name) has excellent listening skills and cooperates with each team member.
  • (Employee Name) does not have any trouble building rapport with others and makes teammates feel comfortable when he/she is around.
  • (Employee Name) has no issue following instructions from management.
  • (Employee Name) never lets a day go by without trying to help others however he/she can.
  • (Employee Name) understands the value of finishing projects as a team rather than by himself/herself.

(Employee Name) performs tasks that are outside of his/her jurisdiction to ensure that company goals are met in a timely manner.

  • (Employee Name) is able to gather individuals together and create a strong team.
  • (Employee Name) does not allow other teammates to help other departments.
  • (Employee Name) tends to miss out on the value of good teamwork.
  • (Employee Name) always competes with others rather than working together.
  • (Employee Name) does not share essential information with colleagues.
  • (Employee Name) seems to show dislike with working within a team.

Performance Review Phrases for Team Building

Let’s talk about your performance over the past 12 months.

  • (Employee Name) manages relationships with co-workers and management in a professional manner.
  • (Employee Name) always has the group’s success in mind and cares little for personal gain.
  • (Employee Name) is willing to help other teammates with their projects to ensure they finish it on time.
  • (Employee Name) helps others whenever he/she finishes work early.
  • (Employee Name) attracts other colleagues because of his/her ability to work with a team.
  • (Employee Name) contributes to his/her team’s success on a regular basis.
  • (Employee Name) does a fantastic job of understanding the dynamics of a team that are beneficial to its success.

(Employee Name) manages others successfully by making all relationships with coworkers and management professional.

  • (Employee Name) does not ask for anything in return when helping others in time of need.
  • (Employee Name) turns in optimal work without worrying about who gets the credit.
  • (Employee Name) always volunteers whenever there is a large project that needs several hands to accomplish.
  • (Employee Name) does not show any form of favoritism and gives credit where it is due.
  • (Employee Name) shares achievements with other team members.
  • (Employee Name) has no difficulty working with others within the organization.
  • (Employee Name) puts personal problems aside and handles team projects with professionalism.
  • (Employee Name) gets easily distracted with unimportant tasks.
  • (Employee Name) often declines assignments that require group efforts.
  • (Employee Name) is not relied upon by teammates to his/her inconsistencies.
  • (Employee Name) does not understand how to share tasks with other teammates equally.
  • (Employee Name) has the tendency to work alone despite it being a team project.

Sample Responses for a Self-Evaluation about Teamwork

Did you hit your goals for the year?

  • I believe that in the short time I have been for this company, I have shown excellent teamwork skills.
  • For the past few weeks, I have collaborated with my department and my team with great efficiency, and it shows with the optimal work the team and I submitted.
  • I am aware that I tend to take control of the project when I feel that it’s not going how I expected it to go. Rest assured that I am working on it.
  • I understand that I need to work on my teamwork skills, and I assure you that I will become better at this aspect in a short time.

I have shown my excellent teamwork skills with our recent project where I was able to share my ideas and encouraged others to do the same.

  • I am aware that I have a tendency to not allow others to contribute and share their ideas. I will be working on this immediately.
  • I realize now that I am more effective when I am on a team because I can turn to others for help and vice versa.

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  • I understand that I do not participate with team projects on a regular basis due to my shyness. However, I assure you that I will be doing my best to improve in this matter to help the company achieve its goals.
  • For the past few team projects, I was able to practice my teamwork skills and learned how to work with others effectively.
  • I am aware that I am more of an observer rather than a team player, but I will do my best to have a team first mentality.
  • I see that I am too controlling of any team projects. I understand that I need to take a step back to let others contribute their ideas and express their opinions.

Tips for Writing a Performance Review about Teamwork

  • Be direct to the point, so that the employee understands what they need to be recognized for or what they need to improve.
  • Use concrete examples where the employee excelled or failed in terms of their teamwork skills.
  • Be honest when writing performance reviews; whether it’s about teamwork or other aspects of work.
  • Choose simple words in a performance review to ensure that there is no room for miscommunication.
  • Make sure that the employee understands that their improvement in the area of teamwork is beneficial to the company’s success, and it’s also essential for personal growth. List specific actions an employee can take to improve performance. 

Why is Teamwork so Important in the Workplace?

No man or woman is an island. We’ve all heard that phrase before. But, it’s 100% true. No one can survive on their own. We must rely on others for basics like growing food, filtering water, and shelter. This doesn’t just apply to work, but our personal lives as well. Teamwork is an essential part of any company’s success.

If people work together, any challenge can be conquered. Plus, with more minds working together, you’ll develop friendships and bonds that last a lifetime.