Boulder Staff Council approves resolution on performance management

Group says fairness, consistency crucial for evaluations
By Staff

University of Colorado Boulder Staff Council
Working under the shared governance agreement implemented 40 years ago, Boulder Campus Staff Council is authorized to develop resolutions that make recommendations to the senior administration of the campus on behalf of the staff. The Resolution for Improved Performance Management System was approved by the full council at its Aug. 8 meeting.

The goal of the resolution is to address the expansion of the “officer and exempt professional (OEP)” workforce and the new development of “Pay for Performance” for classified by the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) and the University of Colorado. Staff Council is recommending that CU prioritize the development of a review process that ensures fair and consistent standards of evaluation be put in place at the time of “Pay for Performance” implementation.

Staff Council has reviewed the early concepts of the DPA’s plan and believes the process is on the right track with a couple of exceptions to be addressed later. Its concern is that if supervisors are not trained properly and an evaluation review process is not implemented early in the transition, the “Pay for Performance” system could end up demoralizing the workforce instead of energizing it. All it would take is a few incorrectly done evaluations through either score inflation or the interjection of some inappropriate bias and what would have been a good outcome for all staff gets mired in the mud of bad word of mouth chatter.

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Below is the full text of Resolution BCSC 1302:

Resolution for Improved Performance Management System

BACKGROUND: University of Colorado uses two different performance management evaluation programs for Classified and OEP employees. However, Boulder Campus Staff Council representatives have heard anecdotally from many staff members and appointing authorities that the existing performance management processes are not efficient, fair and consistent. They are not an effective tool to measure work performance and to use those measurements for the determination of merit increases. Especially as significant numbers of staff transition every month from classified staff status to OEP status during the evaluation cycle, it has now become more important than ever to further strengthen and develop the performance management evaluation system.

WHEREAS both classified and OEP staff should receive fair and consistent evaluations under an evaluation system well-aligned between Colorado’s classified staff system and the university’s OEP system;

WHEREAS supervisors need consistent and ongoing training in order to maintain maximum effectiveness;

WHEREAS a campus performance management audit system should be developed in order to ensure that policies and procedures are in place and/or are being followed properly;

THEREFORE, CU Boulder Staff Council recommends that the campus adopt and implement the aforementioned performance management system goals.

Editor’s note: Read more about the topic in this previous Connections story.

Submitted by Boulder Campus Staff Council

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