Winthrop University: Human Resources - Employee Performance Appraisal

Employee Performance Appraisals

1. Administrative Reviews

Winthrop's Administrative Review Process applies to athletic or academic administrative employees. Information on the Administrative Review Process for 2020 is currently being updated.

2. Staff Reviews

Effective January 1st, 2020 all Staff Reviews are to be completed in the HR Portal that can be accessed in Wingspan within the Employee Detail tab and then selecting Position/Performance Management.

Probationary or Trial Reviews:

Email notices are sent to supervisors approximately six weeks before an employee's performance appraisal is due. Please complete an electronic performance appraisal in the HR Portal (PeopleAdmin) and then review the information with the employee and have them sign it online. This process needs to be completed no later than the first day of the month of the employee's review date.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at extension 2273, if you have any questions concerning this process.

Annual Reviews:

Rating Supervisors will be able to access their employee list on the landing page of the Performance Management module of the HR Online Portal

  • Position Description - Current position descriptions can be accessed by the supervisor and employee within the Position Management function of the HR Portal. If the job functions or success criteria within the position description is not up-to-date or needs additional changes, the supervisor can submit a draft of requested changes within the Position Management function of the HR Portal. Contact the Office of Human Resources for additional assistance.
  • EPMS - Evaluations continue to be subject to the same policy and rating scale.

EPMS Form Directions:

The goal of the performance review is to provide the employee with feedback on their performance and accomplishments since the previous rating. The job duties should be rated on how well the employee has met the success criteria that have been identified by the rating supervisor. Please refer to the Employee Performance Management Policy for detailed information regarding the EPMS process.

All staff shall be given an annual appraisal no more than 90 calendar days prior to the universal review date of March 31st.
A trial period evaluation is a six month evaluation following an employee's promotion, reclassification, or demotion in the new position.
An employee in probationary status will have a review period that begins on the first date of employment and ends the day before the annual performance review date. For example, an employee who is hired on June 2nd should have his annual review completed on or before June 1st of the following year.

Once the rating supervisor completes the form and before conducting the performance review meeting with the employee, submit the form electronically for review by the next level supervisor (reviewing officer) to acknowledge their agreement. Having the reviewing officer acknowledge the performance review before it is given to the employee will keep them informed regarding the employee's performance, and ensure agreement on the overall rating of the employee.

Section 1A - Job Duties: List the most important functions for successful job performance. The performance review should include at least 80% of the duties that are based on the employee's position description.

Ratings Chart (Effective January 2017)

Section 1B - Performance Characteristics: Choose performance characteristics that are directly related to the employee's job. NOTE: Supervisory roles are designated on the review form. All employees who are supervisors must be rated on Commitment to Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and Evaluation, these two entries are identified in the list as *Required*.

Section 1C - Overall Evaluation: Once the ratings are entered for the performance of the job duties, an overall EPMS evaluation rating must be entered. Rating supervisors must consult with the Office of Human Resources before assigning an overall rating of "unsuccessful/unsatisfactory". Please refer to the section of the EPMS policy regarding the Substandard Performance Process for Covered Employees for more information.

Employee Comments: The employee is permitted to add comments regarding the performance evaluation prior to acknowledging electronically on the HR Portal.

Signatures: The final evaluation must be acknowledged electronically by the rating supervisor, reviewer and employee.  Copies do not need to be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources. Please note that the employee's signature does not indicate agreement only that the employee has read and received the performance appraisal from their supervisor.

The Plan (also called the Planning Stage Document) should be retained by the supervisor for use during the upcoming rating period. The supervisor should discuss the job duties, performance characteristics, objectives and success criteria for the next rating period. The Plan must be acknowledged electronically by the rating supervisor. 

Last Updated: 3/13/20