Performance Development & Planning

Brown's Performance Appraisal Process

The 2020-2021 Annual Performance Evaluation Process runs March 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021

The goal of a performance development process is to provide staff with meaningful feedback about work performance and to identify opportunities for continued professional growth.

Performance Management Toolkit
for Managers

This self-directed module provides tools, resources, tips, and best practices for preparing and communicating an effective performance appraisal with your team members.

Annual Performance Review:
A Deeper Dive

In this workshop, managers will review key aspects of the performance review process for 2020-21 and take a closer look (deeper dive) at rating criteria and key considerations for assigning them. The workshops are 75 minutes in length.

Staff Self-Appraisal

Staff may actively participate in performance development by completing a self-appraisal. Self-appraisals allow a staff member to reflect on their accomplishments and challenges during the past year and determine where additional professional development would be valuable.  The self-appraisal form is available in Workday.

Completing a Self Appraisal in Workday 

Tips and Best Practices for Writing an Effective Self Appraisal

Annual Performance Evaluation
  • Brown uses a 3-point scale of exceptional, effective, and requires improvement. The effective rating covers a broad range of performance and assumes that there can be high and low variations within performance that is effective overall. The intent of an annual review is to prompt comprehensive conversations about employee performance without undue attention to whether an overall rating of effective means that the employee “meets” or “at times exceeds” expectations.
  • Core competencies define a set of institutional expectations for all staff that reflect Brown's values.  These core competencies may be used to craft meaningful performance conversations between managers and direct reports.
  • An appraisal form will be delivered to each manager’s Workday inbox for each regular and fixed term staff member in their supervisory organization. Managers should use the same form template for all similarly-situated staff; please refer to Workday Learning to review the job aid for Completing Annual Appraisals in Workday.

Email [email protected] with your questions about Brown’s performance development program.


Employee Relations Office Hours

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one consulting session with a member of the UHR Employee and Labor Relations office to ask questions about the performance appraisal process, including the training materials and resources, please email [email protected]. A reply will be delivered within 24 hours of receipt.