Performance Management: Introduction

An effective performance management process sets the foundation aligning the individual's efforts with the university's goals.

  • By linking individual employee work efforts with the organization’s mission and objectives, the employee and the organization understand how that job contributes to the organization.
  • By focusing attention on setting clear performance expectations (results + actions & behaviors), it helps the employee know what needs to be done to be successful on the job. 
  • Through the use of objectives, standards, performance dimensions, and other measures it focuses effort. This helps the department get done what needs to be done and provides a solid rationale for eliminating work that is no longer useful.
  • Through regular check-in discussions, which include status updates, coaching, and feedback, it promotes flexibility, allowing you and the employee to identify problems early and change the course of a project or work assignment.
  • By emphasizing that an annual review should simply be a summary of the conversations held between you and the employee during the entire cycle, it shifts the focus away from performance as an “annual event” to performance as an on-going process.

An effective performance management process, while requiring time to plan and implement, can save you and the employee time and energy. Most importantly, it can be a very effective motivator, since it can help you and the employee achieve organizational success