Provost announces changes to staff performance appraisals for this year
- File from Daily Bulletin, January 4, 2022
"In light of recent concerns about the Omicron variant and the temporary return to remote working routines where possible in January 2022, we are introducing streamlining and flexibility in the performance appraisal process for this year," Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush wrote in a memo to staff and their managers just before the holiday break.
"Similar to last year, the completion of the Staff Confidential Appraisal Form will be optional and decided upon by the Staff employee," the provost's memo continues. "For those who decide not to complete the Form, managers will be expected to write a brief summary of performance through 2021 using a template that will be provided in January. Either form of performance documentation will become part of the Staff employee’s employment file. Regardless of the form used, managers should have at least one performance conversation with employees as part of the appraisal process."
"The performance rating assigned will be based on Staff performance in 2021, rather than the 3-year average used as the minimum for 2020 appraisals, with consideration towards any accommodations that may have existed during the year. Ratings will be collected by HR from salary pool approvers early in March through Excel spreadsheet."
"We believe that a simplified and straightforward performance appraisal framework is the best approach under the circumstances," writes the provost. Additional details and information about the process will be released later this month.