Carnegie Mellon University

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October 06, 2021

Performance Management Updates

Performance management is a continuous cycle. To successfully manage this process, we are providing the following resources and reminders so that you can effectively prepare for performance-year milestones.  

Goal Setting

Thank you to all those who participated in the goal setting process in Workday earlier this summer. You can refer back to your goals at any time and make changes/updates as needed by completing the ad-hoc process in Workday. For instructions on how to do this, please check out the Managing Goals Outside of the Annual Process System Guide [pdf].  

Mid-Year Check-In Resources 

Supervisors and employees may want to take advantage of a mid-year check-in. Mid-year reviews are not required, but they are strongly encouraged as a best practice. To facilitate this discussion, we have provided a Mid-Year Check-in Template [docx] found on the Performance Management and Merit Resource webpage. If your supervisor does not schedule a mid-year check-in, you may request a meeting.  

The mid-year check-in is an opportunity to communicate about job performance including progress on goals. The focus should be on receiving useful feedback about your performance. The check-in is not a time to receive a preliminary annual performance rating from your supervisor, but is an opportunity to gain feedback about your status and progress.  

Annual Performance Review Process 

The annual review process will begin between February 1 and March 1, 2022, with specific deadlines communicated to your college/division. Please find a timeline of the process below*:

July Employee goal setting and supervisor approval of goals
October–November Mid-year review (optional)
February–March Self-evaluations followed by supervisor evaluations 
Early April Calibration
Late April One-on-one performance meetings between employee and supervisor
May–June Merit decisions made (if merit is available)
*This is an estimated timeline. Detailed timeline and deadlines will be communicated to your college/division throughout the process.  

Further Resources 

Thank you for taking the time to review these updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your HR business partner. Additionally, you can reach out to your supervisor for further guidance.