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Hr Update; July 22, 2011

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Performance Appraisal Process

In April of this year, information was communicated regarding the performance appraisal process.  We are currently engaged in several change initiatives that will result in improved support for our strategic and business objectives.  When experiencing this type of change process, it is even more imperative that employees receive constructive and timely feedback on their performance as well a documented plan for obtaining their career goals.

A performance appraisal is a review and discussion of an employee’s performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. The appraisal measures skills and accomplishments with reasonable accuracy and uniformity. It provides a way to help identify areas for performance enhancement and to help promote professional growth. It should not, however, be considered the supervisor’s only communication tool. Open lines of communication throughout the year help to make effective working relationships.

It is the expectation that every career, non-probationary UCSF employee receive a performance appraisal. The success of the performance appraisal process depends on both the supervisor and the employee playing an active role. These roles include the supervisor’s ability to complete a constructive and objective appraisal as well as the employee’s willingness to respond to constructive suggestions and to work with the supervisor to reach future goals.  The ultimate goal is that, at the end of the performance review process, each employee will know where he or she stands and will receive guidance toward future success. Supervisors must conduct reviews with objectivity, respect and appreciation for contributions. Where performance gaps exist, the focus should be on giving advice for improvement. Employees should regard the process as an opportunity to clarify achievements they are especially proud of, areas they consider critical to their jobs, and hurdles they have faced in achieving expectations. This is also the opportunity for each employee to identify and discuss personal goals for professional development and career growth.

Conducting performance evaluations can be challenging, especially for new supervisors.  The following resources and training are referenced to assist supervisors during this process:

Please contact your departmental Human Resources representative or assigned Labor and Employee Relations representative if you have any questions on the performance appraisal process.

There is a class offered to help guide you and your staff through the appraisal process. See below.

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Conducting Performance Appraisals Class

When: Wednesday, August 10th, 1 – 5 pm
            and
            Wednesday, October 5th, 1 – 5 pm
Location:  Laurel Heights Regents Room S-1
Cost: $55

In this 3rd course in the Performance Management series, learn to work with your staff to reflect on progress, examine objectives and standards of performance, and set goals for performance and development.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ and type “conducting performance” in the search box to register.

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Communications Skills Class

When: Friday, August 19, 8 am to noon
Location: Laurel Heights Regents Room S-1
Cost: $150

This workshop teaches participants how to improve the critical communication skills of listening, asking questions and being aware of nonverbal messages. It also helps participants who are struggling to find that middle ground between being too aggressive and too passive, and how to counter the challenging communication tactics of difficult people. Participants learn more about the elements of our communication with others that help us reveal appropriate information about ourselves, and how to get a handle on effectively managing our professional image through effective communication.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ and type “communications skills” in the search box to register.

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Project Management Basics Class

When: Friday, August 19, 1 to 5 pm
Location: Laurel Heights Regents Room S-1
Cost: $150

This workshop presents project management from a “big-picture” perspective. It stresses the essential goals of project management and introduces practical tools and techniques every professional can use when in the role of project manager or team member. The course uses hands-on exercises focused on a project case study designed to bring the theories and practices to life. A series of interactive exercises, utilizing templates, provides an understanding of how the training relates to real-life project work.  Students are provided with a comprehensive set of project management job aids for use back on the job.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ and type “project management basics” in the search box to register.

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Delegating for Success & Accountability

When:Wednesday, August 24th, 1 – 5 pm
           and
           Wednesday, October 18th, 8:30 – 12:30
Location: Laurel Heights Regents Room S-1
Cost $55

In this final course in the Performance Management series, participants practice a structured approach to delegation and the communication skills needed to transfer work and to build project commitment.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ and type “delegating for success” in the search box to register.

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Write Right!  Baseline Business Writing Skills

When: Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 – 5 pm
Location: Laurel Heights Regents Room S-1
Cost $55

Learn to construct clear complete sentences, eliminate grammar errors, use punctuation marks correctly, capitalize correctly and consistently, and proofread effectively. Improve your performance (and your confidence) as you enhance the image of your department.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ and type “write right” in the search box to register.

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Free UC Retirement Readiness Education Programs for Faculty & Staff

Are you ready for retirement? Start to plan now - it’s never too early. Check the Retirement Readiness Workshop Schedules for new listings today!

Did You Know? You may attend a workshop at any UC campus. Just check the schedule for your preferred location and sign up online.

UC Retirement Plan (UCRP): UC’s Defined Benefit Plan

The UC Retirement Savings Programs: 403(b), 457(b) & Defined Contribution (DCP Plans)

 

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