Check-in time: How are you doing on your 2021 goals?

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rep 2021 perf management 550pxAs part of the new performance review process launched this past year in all campus schools and units, managers and their teams were encouraged to set professional and personal goals for each employee for fiscal year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. 

Now, more than three months into FY21, it is time to ask the question: How are you doing on your goals? 

Managers and employees across UAB are encouraged to have quarterly performance check-ins this year. This is especially important during these challenging times, when people need connections, support and feedback. During these check-ins, employee and manager should review the employee’s development goals and progress made toward those goals. The next step is to reassess and, if necessary, make a plan to achieve the goals.

During this quarterly check-in, managers also should provide each employee an update on their performance thus far in FY21. That is, are they not meeting expectations, meeting expectations, exceeding expectations or somewhere in between? It is important to clarify expectations about job performance as well, through questions such as:

  • Describe your job role and expectations; where do you need more clarity?
  • How clear are you on your top priorities? Where do you need more clarity?
  • What successes have you had?
  • What are your challenges?
  • What can I do to better support you?
  • Where do you need help?

If you are a manager looking for more conversation starters and a wealth of resources and tools to assist in developing your team, check out the People Development Learning Guide from Organizational Learning and Development and this curated list of recommended video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning. Both resources also include tools to assist employees in goal setting and identifying personal development opportunities.

One course that is particularly timely in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with so many UAB employees working remotely, explores how to conduct effective virtual performance reviews and feedback.

Year-round review

Performance reviews aren’t meant to be just an annual event. The UAB performance management cycle, shown below, emphasizes the need to connect with your team on a regular basis.

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