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Performance Management: Professional Research Staff

Administrators, clerical staff, and their supervisors should use the new process in PeopleSync. Click here for details.

Supervisors should meet with their employees to collaboratively draft goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) for the upcoming year. Goal setting should be finalized by October 29, 2021. Goals should address current workload, upcoming projects, professional development, as well as valued behaviors/competencies. Once goals are set, supervisors and employees should meet regularly throughout the year to communicate on the status of goals, address any concerns, and discuss potential improvements. 

A formal mid-year evaluation should be conducted by January 31, 2022, and a final year-end evaluation should be conducted by June 30, 2022 to assess the employee’s performance throughout the year. 

There are two versions of the Rating-less Performance Review Form:

  • DocuSign Version. DocuSign allows managers and employees to officially sign the form electronically. This is the preferred method, but keep in mind that once signed, it cannot be modified. To make changes the manager would have to restart the process.
  • PDF Version. This version can be filled out and shared with employee via email attachment. However, there are no controls over the editing process and the form cannot be electronically signed. Approval and receipt by the employee will be verified via the email chain by which it is received by HR.

Performance Management Forms