Performance Management

Performance management provides FAS staff and managers dedicated time to reflect on progress, clarify expectations, and discuss priorities and potential career paths. Performance management is intended to foster staff member’s individual success, to engage managers in the development of their staff, and to support the priorities and goals of the FAS.

As in previous years, performance management is comprised of two basic parts:

The What: Continuous coaching conversations throughout the year
The How: Tracking of highlights of continuing conversations, to set priorities and goals, and summarizing themes at the end of the academic year.

Performance Management in PeopleSoft

As in previous years, the performance management process, including goal setting and annual reviews, will be documented in PeopleSoft. To access performance management materials in PeopleSoft:

  • For staff access: From the PeopleSoft dashboard, click on the My Performance tile, and then select "Annual Review." Click on the different tabs--InstructionsPrioritiesOngoing ConversationSummaryCompetencies, and Feedback--to familiarize yourself with the available options. Enter your FY22 goals in to the Priorities tab.Use the Summary tab to write your self-assessment.
  • For manager access: From the PeopleSoft dashboard, click on the Team Performance tile, and then on the staff member’s name.

Annual Performance Reviews

The FY22 review process will be similar to previous years:

  • Employees will set goals/priorities in PeopleSoft.
  • Managers and employees will continue to have regular coaching conversations.
  • Employees will complete a self-assessment in PeopleSoft.
  • Managers will (virtually or in person) meet with individual employees for annual summary conversations.
  • Managers will document this conversation in Peoplesoft.
  • Managers have the option to assign a final year-end performance rating for each employee. (Note: ratings were suspended for FY20 and FY21, and will be optional for FY22.)

For annual summary conversations, managers should set aside some time to have one-on-one conversations with each of their employees about their work over the past year. What worked? What could be improved? How can staff members develop in their current role and in their career? What kinds of things do they want to accomplish over the next year?

Managing Performance from a Distance

Due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many FAS employees are now working remotely or on a hybrid schedule, some for the first time. But communication between managers and staff members is more important than ever in this changing work enviroment. Here are some things to keep in mind as you manage performance from a distance:

  • Continue to have regular check-ins. Communication is more important than ever as we get used to a remote work environment. Maintain regular contact with your staff members via Zoom, email, Microsoft Teams, or other resources that work for your team. Regular contact will help you address any new problems that arise and to manage any recurring issues.
  • (Re)set expectations. COVID-19 could have dramatically changed your staff members’ professional goals and plans for the year. Clearly communication any new expectations you have for your employees. There shouldn’t be any surprises during the annual summary conversation. Tools like Microsoft Teams can help managers and staff members keep track of projects and maintain accountability.
  • Find Opportunities. While managing and working during COVID-19 has added unexpected stresses, it can also be a chance to find creative solutions and innovative ways of doing business.

More resources on managing performance remotely can be found here.

Performance Management Resources

We understand that you may need additional guidance about the performance review process. With that in mind, we've developed the Resources for Managers and Staff  webpage, which will help you manage all the steps of the performance review process.

If you have questions or need additional information, please reach out to your HR Consultant.