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Performance Management

Performance Management is an ongoing process utilized by management to strategically align employee’s goals and activities, aid employees in understanding how their work contributes to the organization and provide clear performance objectives, coaching, feedback and recognition for outstanding work.

It is an ongoing cycle in which supervisors should provide employees with guidance in:

  • Coaching for Success – providing resources and feedback so employees can develop (this should link to a Coaching for Success page with the Frequent Feedback tool, Development Plan)
  • Counseling – Identifying areas of deficiency and providing feedback for improvement, may lead to disciplinary action if improvement is not achieved or sustained (this could then link to the “Discipline” page)
  • Performance Review – the annual retrospective view of an employee’s past performance and outlining future expectations (this should link to a Performance Review page)
  • Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting – the ability to look forward, plan and make sure the goals are set appropriately and that priorities are adapted as needed. (link to Goals – SMART & Setting New Goals)
Performance Management is an expectation of all those within a management/supervisory role within the organization as set forth within the Board of Governor’s Talent & Culture Rule 3.8 – Performance Management.

The performance review process gives supervisors an effective tool to provide formal feedback to their employees in addition to the ongoing feedback that occurs throughout the year. We expect that all classified and non-classified employees receive a performance review on an annual basis. Complete instructions for the performance review cycle and process can be found on the Performance Review page. 

Supplemental Resources and Forms

  • Accessing Blue – the link to access Blue; the performance management electronic tool. Once on the website, select "Emp_Reviews" from the drop down menu on the main page to access your Blue dashboard. 
  • Employee Pre-Review Form  the first step in the process of the WVU annual performance review; gives employees the opportunity to provide feedback to their supervisors prior to the completion of their performance reviews
  • 2021 WVU Performance Management Training a quick video overview of the 2021 WVU performance management process. Use password: WVUPM2021!
  • 2021 WVU Performance Reviews Supervisor Guide – a supervisor guide in navigating Blue, the performance management electronic tool
  • Performance Review Guidelines - Descriptors – provides a one page process guideline, and provides the descriptors of each performance element upon which employees are rated
  • Performance Review Meeting Guidelines – a concise, simplified visual of how a review meeting should flow
  • Performance Review Best Practices – a one-page resource for leaders to help prepare for and deliver recommended best practices performance appraisals
  • SMART Goal Setting – a resource to help establish goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented, and Time-based
  • Setting New Goals – utilized to set project goals for the upcoming review period
  • Performance Improvement Plan – utilized to set a formal plan in place to address performance and development needs; should be utilized with the assistance of Employee Relations
  • Extended Development Plan – utilized with the collaboration of the employee to identify a plan of development to bring the employee’s knowledge, skills and/or abilities to the next level or for career path planning