By Carmella Huser
SLAC will be using a new performance evaluation form and
process for this year’s annual performance reviews. The new form and
process have been endorsed by the Associate Directors in all Divisions and
will be used consistently throughout the Laboratory.
There are three key differences from the old evaluation:
(1) there is one form for all employees; (2) the rating scales have
changed; and (3) there is more focus on individual expectations and
SLAC will no longer be using the old ratings of
‘Outstanding’, ‘Excellent’, ‘Very Good’, etc. Instead, new ratings will be
used in two areas—job competencies and overall performance. The ratings
for job competencies are: Needs Improvement, Meets Expectations and A
The overall performance summaries will use a number scale
between 1 and 4 to identify where employees are in terms of meeting the
expectations of their jobs.
A supervisor’s expectations for an employee will be based
on the employee’s job, and the skills, educational background and
experience the employee brings to the job. A complete explanation of the
new performance ratings will be sent to all employees in a memo from Human
The annual performance evaluation is part of an ongoing
process of performance management that includes getting input from
employees; giving employees feedback; recognizing accomplishments; and
improving performance and modifying unproductive behavior.
The new form and process will give supervisors and
employees a fresh start in reviewing performance and in finding
opportunities for employee growth.