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Example of performance criteria

If the idea of performance criteria sounds daunting, a very simple example might help.

Imagine how you would define what you're expecting from your window cleaner. You'd most probably describe it like this:

  • turns up regularly
  • is equipped with the right tools for the job
  • pays due attention to health and safety in setting up ladders
  • applies water, cleaning agent and scraper in appropriate order
  • leaves panes clear, without streaks or residue in corners
  • avoids scratching glass
  • is polite; and
  • provides change.

If the window cleaner does all these things consistently over a number of visits, you'd probably want to award a certificate in window cleaning.