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Performance Excellence

A year-round conversation

Performance Excellence, our annual performance management experience, is a vital part of how you perform and grow.

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What is Performance Excellence?

Northwestern’s Performance Excellence is a year-round experience driven by staff members and supervisors, to support individual performance and development and help teams, departments and the University become stronger and more effective.  Activities such as goal-setting, check-ins, and performance reviews are structured across three phases and involve both offline conversations and online tracking and recording. 

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Resources for Staff and Supervisors

There are many job aids, templates and resources to help you get started with confidence.  First, learn about the staff member's role in Performance Excellenceand the supervisor's role in Performance Excellence

For additional templates and resources, follow the buttons below.

Resources for staff Resources for supervisors

Understanding the Phases

Performance Excellence is a year-round experience that is structured into the three phases listed below.

Set Goals

Setting goals at the beginning of the performance year can promote focus and ensure the alignment of your work to the goals of your school or unit.

Performance Excellence incorporates the SIMple goal-setting process that encourages supervisors and staff to jointly set two to four goals that are Specific, Important and Meaningful.

Enhance Performance

Throughout the year, staff members and their supervisors are mutually accountable for enhancing performance, supported by conversations, feedback and coaching.

Staff members are primary owners of their learning, performance and career, while supervisors inspire, guide and help remove the barriers – whether external or internal – that stand in the way of learning, performance and fulfillment.

Review Results

Understanding your strengths and where you stand is important. Knowing this sparks continued growth and development.

At year-end, Performance Excellence features a straightforward process in myHR Learn, utilizing a simplified rating framework and tools for supporting a performance review conversation focused on growth and development.

Understanding Timelines

If you have questions about area timelines or deadlines, please check with the Human Resources contact in your school or unit.  


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