Does the daily evaluation book benefit the employee and the department?
It was found that the daily evaluation books that the employee has filled out each
morning prior to going off shift is not beneficial in its present format. Most employees
felt it was a waist of time, a hassle for senior men to fill out and saw no useful purpose.
There are many different people filling out the forms and in many different manors.
Officers tended to be more in-depth with comments. While senior firefighters were not
as thorough. Some evaluators wrote a complete form with many thoughts and others
wrote very little. Some officers would discuss what they had written with the employee,
giving them total feedback of both good work performance and poor performance.
Others just handed the book back to the employee and said nothing. In many cases so
little was written that the statements were self-explanatory. This was an area where the
evaluation forms usefulness was questionable. Officers felt it is not needed every day
after the first three months. All parties feel that some form of activity should be
documented although no one format was agreed upon. (Comments of both rookies and
Was there feedback on the comments written in the daily evaluation book?
Comments were often written and never explained to the new employee. Some
comments were self-explainable because there was little activity during the day. Other
comments were written at the end of the work shift and there was no time allowed to
communicate the document. Some officers and fire fighters took little interest in the
book, but had discussed subjects earlier in the day while comments were fresh in their