The end of the 2018/2019 Performance Review & Development (PRD) cycle (April 2018 through March 2019) is quickly approaching. This opportunity is used to discuss staff performance during the entire 12-month cycle and to discuss professional development opportunities for the next PRD cycle. Supervisors are encouraged to begin preparing to conduct final PRD evaluations. PRD forms are located at https://uhr.umd.edu/performance-review-and-development-prd/prd-forms/. The deadline for submitting PRD lists to UHR is April 19, 2019. For more information on the completion of PRD reviews, please contact the Office of Staff Relations at 301-405-0001.
In preparation for final PRD evaluations and meetings, consideration of the following tips and best practices are recommended.
- No Surprises
- Performance ratings should be based upon position descriptions, PRD goals, actual performance, and ongoing communication between the employee and supervisor
- Focus on all of the most critical job functions listed in the employee position description and PRD
- Consider performance throughout the entire rating period – both good and opportunities for improvement
- Note and discuss specific performance examples
- Utilize the Employee Self-Assessment
- Make the final PRD meeting interactive; a two-way conversation
Expectation Setting for Next Cycle:
- Establish an action plan with specific dates for all training and development
- Ensure that performance goals are consistent with employee position descriptions and realistic
- Supervisors should ask the employee for help in identifying development opportunities, when practicable
- Schedule regular meetings between the supervisor and employee to ensure ongoing communication
For more information about the PRD process, you can register for PRD training at https://uhr.umd.edu/performance-review-and-development-prd/. PRD training occurs the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Please also keep in mind that UHR offers additional training for supervisors and non-supervisors, which can be found at training.umd.edu and through the Lynda.com e-learning library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: March 7, 2019