Frequently Asked Questions

What's Changing for Faculty Managers?

Faculty Managers will have two options:

1. Remain the manager of record and conduct the performance review in PeopleSoft
  • Faculty manager logs into PeopleSoft to receive their staff member’s self-assessment, request feedback from their colleagues, write a performance review, and rate overall performance and individual competencies (all online).
2. Delegate administrative responsibility to DA or appropriate designee

What's Changing for Employees?

  • New Harvard-wide employee competencies:
    • Teamwork and collaboration
    • Embraces change

  • New FAS-wide competencies:
    • Job knowledge
    • Delivers results
    • Communication skills

  • Opportunity to suggest reviewers (additional managers, peers, and internal customers)

What's Changing for Managers?

  • New Harvard-wide manager competencies:
    • Resource allocation
    • Building a high-performing team

  • Opportunity to receive feedback from direct reports

  • Online system to manage feedback from multiple reviewers

  • Manager Dashboard and Talent Summary views

How do we ensure a fair and compliant hiring process?

Disposition each applicant accurately and without delay, at every stage of the process.  Each decision stage must be documented as required by law.  If your applicant pool lacks diversity, you should review the recruitment strategy with the FAS Diversity Recruitment Consultant.

What are Affirmative Action goals?

Each year, required by law, the Office of the Assistant to the President (H-OAP) for Institutional Diversity and Equity develops a set of "availability" percentages for Harvard based on labor force data which are then compared to the current Harvard workforce.  When the percentage of women or minorities in a particular job group is less than would reasonably be expected given their availability, Harvard must establish annual goals equal to availability figures for women and minorities.

What if the work is to be performed outside of Massachusetts?

Requests for work to be done outside of the United States present different challenges and
risks. If you plan to engage someone outside of Massachusetts, you should understand that
Harvard is not registered as an employer in every state. If the individual is not eligible for IC
status, options to engage the individual may be limited. Every situation will be unique so please
be sure to allow enough time for proper determination.

What if the work is to be performed outside of the United States?

Requests for work to be done outside of the United States present a difficult and still more
complex set of challenges and risks. If you plan to engage someone outside of the United
States, you should understand that each situation will be unique as the country in which the
work will be performed has their own set of labor laws. When considering an IC who will
perform the work outside of the United States, please be sure to allow enough time to work with
the available resources to reach for proper determination.