Staff Performance Review Season Fast Approaching; Be Prepared by Attending a Learning Session

Annual performance reviews give staff the perfect opportunity to carve out time for reflection. The 2020-2021 performance year has been unique. Whether you had to pivot frequently or find new ways of accomplishing your work, there is so much to celebrate and upon which to reflect.

Even if you are familiar with the staff performance review process, you may have questions about how to measure performance when our working situations have changed dramatically. Human Resources is offering learning events to Creighton staff members and the Creighton leaders who manage staff members. Virtual sessions via Zoom are available.

Creighton’s staff performance year starts on July 1 every year and runs through June 30. Over the course of the year, there are two main processes: goal planning and performance reviews.

Performance reviews are the ‘look back’ at how we performed against the goals we established at the beginning of the year during goal planning. We are currently approaching our performance review window of April-July. Staff performance reviews should be completed and in the system by Aug. 1 since we will already be starting on the 2021-2022 performance year in July. Wrapping up last year will allow focus on the upcoming year.

Goal planning is technically the process that starts the performance year and occurs between June and September. This is the time during which we establish our expectations for the year. This process helps us ‘look ahead’. Since our performance year officially begins on July 1, it is ideal to plan goals prior the start of the year but various staff schedules (9- and 10-month schedules) make the July 1 date a little tricky.

This round of learning events focuses on performance reviews exclusively. Additional training will be offered for goal planning as we reach that process later in our performance year.

Mastering the Staff Performance Review
Creighton embraces a performance-based culture, reflective of our Jesuit values, which calls for the ongoing formation of all individuals. As we move the University forward, all staff deserve the time for self-reflection and honest, constructive feedback related to their job performance. Open dialogue between managers and staff and detailed performance documentation are essential to the process. Jesuit traditions and discernment can provide a strong foundation for moving to a performance-based culture if consistently understood and applied.

This 60-minute course is designed for new staff members, new managers of staff and for any employee who wants to improve their staff performance review skills.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the importance of performance reviews
  • Creighton’s Performance Review Process
  • how to use the myHR system to record the performance review

The Creighton Leadership Values and Behaviors that are addressed in this session:

  • Commitment to Mission
  • Cura

Register today to reserve your seat in the virtual classroom. Dates are:

  • April 27, 2 p.m. CDT
  • May 25, 11 a.m. CDT
  • June 17, 1 p.m. CDT
  • June 21, 10 a.m. CDT
  • July 8, 3 p.m. CDT
  • July 13, Noon CDT
  • July 19, 2 p.m. CDT

Performance Review Workshop for Managers
Managers of Staff Members: Join us to learn how to drive an outstanding performance review conversation. During this 90-minute activity-based session, we will explore tips and tricks for having a productive, effective, and even ENJOYABLE conversation during your staff member’s performance review.

The Creighton Leadership Values and Behaviors that are addressed in this session:

  • Commitment to Mission
  • Cura
  • Collaboration

Register today to reserve your seat in the virtual classroom. Dates are:

  • April 27, 10 a.m. CDT
  • May 25, 2 p.m. CDT
  • June 17, 10 a.m. CDT
  • June 21, 3 p.m. CDT
  • July 8, 11 a.m. CDT
  • July 13, 2:30 p.m. CDT
  • July 19, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Chris Stanczak is the Sr. Talent Development Specialist for Creighton University. She has 20-plus years developing, teaching, conducting and receiving performance evaluations.