SECTION 8.15:  THE BENEFITS OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

Last Update:  11/11

 

 

The performance evaluation benefits the employee, the supervisor, the agency, state government, and indirectly, the public.

 

Performance evaluation benefits the employee by:

 

·         Translating job duties into specific performance expectations (goals/strategies).

·         Describing the agency’s mission and showing how the employee’s job contributes to it.

·         Prioritizing and clarifying the employee’s job duties, goals, and roles.

·         Providing a formal opportunity to inform the supervisor about barriers to work accomplishment.

·         Outlining the expected performance standard and how the employee will be evaluated.

·         Identifying resources and tools needed to improve performance.

·         Providing meaningful job performance feedback.

·         Providing an opportunity to give feedback or present new ideas to the supervisor.

·         Recognizing work achievements and strengths.

·         Laying out a plan for future career development.

·         Serving as an assessment on which to base a pay increase decision.

 

Performance evaluation benefits the supervisor by:

 

·         Communicating job performance expectations, standards, and evaluation criteria to all parties involved.

·         Reinforcing the employee’s accountability for job performance.

·         Identifying potential in employees to be developed, enhanced, and encouraged.

·         Providing a means of either encouraging the employee to continue good work or to change/improve in areas that don’t meet expectations.

·         Providing an opportunity to paint a picture of past performance and lay a roadmap for planning and development.

·         Serving as formal documentation of numerous personnel actions such as training needs, performance improvement needs, recognition of goal accomplishment and exceptional performance, pay increases, job redesign, and discipline.

·         Gaining insight into what motivates employees.

·         Employees providing feedback on how to improve processes and bringing up new ideas.

 

Performance evaluation benefits the agency by:

 

·         Communicating the agency’s strategic plan and linking it to employee performance.

·         Improving the agency’s overall performance.

·         Identifying competency needs and performance gaps in employees that need to be addressed to align with the agency’s strategic plan.

·         Creating a platform for agency success through employee development and proper employee utilization.

·         Helping to define and clarify roles.

·         Helping to determine when program and policy changes need to be made.

·         Helping to plan for the future.

·         Encouraging retention through employee development, recognition, and feedback.

·         Increasing employee morale, quality of work, employee relations, and performance.

 

Performance evaluation benefits the State by:

 

·         Aligning the work goals/strategies of the employee with the mission and strategic plan of the agency and the State to deliver services to the citizens.

·         Helping to satisfy the increased public demand for government accountability.

·         Providing a standard method of giving employees feedback about their job performance.

·         Getting a greater return on investment of human capital.