[Minor revision–posted 11/11/22 (replaces 2/3/21 edition)]
Operating Policy and Procedure
OP 70.12: Performance Management
DATE: November 11, 2022
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) is to establish the university policy for employee performance management.
REVIEW: This OP will be reviewed in October of even-numbered years by the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and the Office of Equal Opportunity (EO) with substantive revisions forwarded to the Chief of Staff for the President.
Performance management focuses on the supervisor's responsibility of encouraging results through the efforts of other individuals and is the foundation of performance excellence. Effective performance management is an ongoing process that involves position descriptions, performance evaluations, corrective action, and rewards and recognition.
1. Position Descriptions
Position descriptions are an important tool for documenting essential functions of the job and skills necessary to perform the job. Position descriptions are used for both recruitment and performance management.
a. Develop position descriptions for each employee they supervise;
b. Review and revise position descriptions following a substantive change in the essential functions or any other modifications including, but not limited to, changes in work schedules, knowledge, skills, abilities, qualifications, environmental conditions, or physical requirements; and
c. Meet with each employee individually to review their position description and discuss performance expectations immediately upon appointment to a position, directly following a substantive change in the essential functions of the position, and annually during the performance evaluation process.
2. Performance Evaluations
Performance evaluations are an essential way to track employee progress and maximize productivity in the workplace as it relates to essential job functions, global competencies, and supervisory factors (when applicable) and should be based on objective, measurable, and consistently applied criteria. The essential job functions and global competencies are taken directly from the position description linking the two forms together to provide the background for successful performance management.
Regular performance evaluations help to ensure recognition of high-performing employees, and they are useful in keeping mid-level performers on track. Evaluations also help supervisors manage low performers by providing a clear record of all efforts made to assist in performance improvement.
a. Faculty Evaluations
Evaluation of faculty performance is conducted as specified in OP 32.32, Performance Evaluations of Faculty.
b. Staff Evaluations
Evaluation of staff performance is conducted as follows:
• Newly hired employee – As soon as possible after the employee has completed 6 months of service.
• Current employee internal transfers or promotion – As soon as possible after the employee has completed 6 months of service.
• Employee not meeting expectations – Within 90 days to reevaluate performance after receiving an overall evaluation rating below 4.0 with ratings of “Occasionally, Frequently, or Consistently Below Expectations.”
• Employee with one or more years of service – Annually to evaluate performance from March 1 through February 28. Annual performance evaluations are to be completed no later than April 15.
• Supervisor transfer or termination – Prior to a supervisor leaving their current supervisory position to work for another department within the university or terminating employment from the university, the supervisor should conduct an evaluation for all employees under their supervision when at least 120 days have passed since the last evaluation was completed.
• Employee transfer – Prior to an employee leaving their position to work for another department within the university, the current supervisor should conduct an evaluation for that employee when at least 120 days have passed since the last evaluation was completed.
c. Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
A PIP must be completed in conjunction with the performance evaluation any time an
employee's overall evaluation rating falls below a 4.0. The electronic Performance
Management System (ePM) automatically provides a PIP template. PIPs will be reviewed
at a minimum of every 30 calendar days, and the employee will receive an updated evaluation
after 90 days have elapsed since performance was rated below 4.0.
In an effort to maximize the benefits from administering a performance evaluation, supervisors are required to meet with each of their employees individually to discuss their documented performance, provide feedback/ask for feedback, discuss opportunities for improvement, and establish goals for the next evaluation period.
e. Written Responses
Employees have the right to provide their supervisor a written response to any evaluation within 10 business days of receiving, meeting, and discussing the evaluation with their supervisor. Responses must be signed and dated. Formal complaints beyond the employee's right to provide a written response should be addressed through the non-faculty employee complaint procedures. See OP 70.10, Non-faculty Employee Complaint Procedures, for details.
3. Position Description and Performance Evaluation Process
The electronic Performance Management (ePM) System is Texas Tech's automated performance information management system for all staff employees. The ePM provides a turnkey solution for creating automated performance management documents, including position descriptions, employee self-assessments, and performance evaluations.
a. Position descriptions and performance evaluations are a condition of employment for all benefits-eligible staff employees.
b. It is the immediate supervisor's responsibility to ensure position descriptions and performance evaluations for employees under their supervision are completed within the required timeframe.
c. Use of the ePM is required to complete employee position descriptions and performance evaluations.
• At the President's and Chancellor's discretion, university and system executive leadership may issue a performance memo in lieu of a performance evaluation. This memo may or may not have a numerical rating, but should identify if the employee is or is not meeting expectations.
d. Supervisor and employee signatures are required to enable the ePM to properly operate and for employees to acknowledge they received the position description and performance evaluation and have been given the opportunity to discuss it with their supervisor. Refusing to sign the acknowledgement may result in corrective action up to and including termination of employment.
e. Supervisors can access the ePM and supervisor guides through the Human Resources website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/ManagersSupervisors/PerfMgmt.php.
4. Merit Eligibility
An employee must have an evaluation with an overall rating of 4.0 or above during the evaluation period of March 1 through February 28 on file in their personnel record to be eligible for a merit or pay increase.
• In situations where the President or Chancellor's executive leadership issues a performance memo in lieu of a performance evaluation, the memo must identify that the employee is at least meeting expectations.
5. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Supervisors will review each employee's job performance and the process used for determining the merit for each employee's performance in order to ensure that performance evaluations are conducted without regard to an employee's race, color, religion, sex (which includes pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected category, class, or characteristic.
6. Right to Change Policy
Texas Tech University reserves the right to interpret, change, modify, amend, or rescind this policy, in whole or in part, at any time without the consent of employees.
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