June 2023 Newsletter

Staff Performance Evaluations Are Due This Month

Performance EvaluationThe current performance period ended on May 30, 2023. Human Resources recommends that all Appropriate Administrators with direct reports begin reviewing each employee's performance for the current period in preparation for timely completion. As a reminder, all staff evaluations are due to Human Resources by June 30, 2023.

These are some tips to writing effective performance reviews:

  1. Provide regular, informal feedback. Feedback should not be limited to that short period of time. You should be offering consistent assessments throughout the year so there aren't any surprises.
  2. Be honest. There is always  room for improvement. Decide what is worth addressing and don't hesitate in doing so.
  3. Do it face-to-face. The written review should be a brief but direct overview of discussion points, making for a more nuanced face-to-face conversation.
  4. Use tangible, pertinent examples. When discussing areas for improvement or things an employee has done well, make sure you have clear examples to reference.
  5. End on a positive note. Don't leave the review without mutual understanding and respect, and don't let any employee feel like they're in the dark going forward.

Please read the instructions for the procedures in the HR Staff & Management Evaluations page.

For questions regarding the performance evaluation process, collective bargaining agreement provisions, and more, please contact Michelle Caisse in Human Resources at 826-4501 or michelle.caisse@humboldt.edu .

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