Based on feedback from employees and leaders, The University of Toledo Human Resources Department is pleased to announce it has developed a new performance evaluation form that was implemented April 6 for use with all employees.
Aligned with the University’s mission and values, the new user-friendly tool offers automatic calculations of core performance behavior ratings, plus open-ended sections for customizing department, organization and college-specific performance goals, as well as for sharing comments.
“What’s great about this new evaluation form is that it incorporates what employees suggested,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer. “It’s much simpler to complete because it no longer requires lots of narrative, plus it automatically calculates scores.”
The new streamlined evaluation form still enables employees to receive specific feedback on multiple dimensions of performance, including how well they achieve results, their professional competence, and their communication and interpersonal skills.
Further, it enables a leader to share specific ways in which an employee may improve his or her performance. Any rating of “1” must include a performance improvement plan in order to establish clear expectations and assist the employee with making improvements.
As part of revising the performance evaluation process, human resources also has developed additional tools, such as an employee self-evaluation form that mirrors the new evaluation form, and an annual performance tracking tool that evaluators can use to routinely document specific, observable behavior for each employee. These details can then be used to provide valuable feedback to employees during their annual performance review.
“These updated tools are really useful at putting examples at the evaluator’s fingertips that may be referred to when completing an evaluation, such as how the employee achieved outstanding results on a complex project, earned special recognition, or perhaps implemented a cost-saving measure for the department,” noted Davis.
“For the employee, an annual performance review is a great opportunity to formally discuss ways in which you may want to develop professionally or grow within the organization. This new evaluation form and related materials should be a win-win for our employees, as well as for our supervisors. They spoke, and we listened by updating our materials accordingly.”
The new employee performance evaluation form and schedule of when evaluations are due, as well as links to supplemental documents, are available at utoledo.edu/depts/hr/evaluations.html.
If you have questions about the new performance evaluation form, talk with your supervisor or human resources consultant.