Performance Management

Performance management check-ins and goal creation are completed online in Talent@GW. The performance management cycle runs from July 1 - June 30.

Two streamlined check-ins between you and your manager happen each performance cycle. At the final check-in at the end of the performance cycle, you will receive an overall rating and comments on your performance. You can read more about these check-ins below.

Managing Your Performance

Managing your performance is a continuous process. You should communicate openly and often with your manager to discuss performance throughout the year. Touch base with your manager to clarify expectations, get feedback on your progress, and seek mentoring on development. Ask your manager questions to help you achieve your goals.

You will have two check-ins with your manager where you will document your progress and get input:

  1. A midpoint check-in to discuss progress and get feedback
  2. A final check-in that includes a performance rating for the year

Check-in discussions encourage ongoing communication between you and your manager about performance and development and provide you with a way to clarify what is expected of you. They also give your manager an opportunity to provide coaching and recognize your contributions.

Talent@GW will automatically prompt employees and managers to complete the steps below.


NOTE: In order to complete the final check-in, you must have already established goals in Talent@GW - Performance, and your manager must have approved them.

Midpoint check-in

1. You will be prompted to complete a self assessment in Talent@GW.

2. Your manager will provide feedback on your overall performance and answer two questions:

  1. What is the employee doing well that they should continue to do?
  2. What can the employee change or start doing that would make them more effective?

3. You and your manager will meet to discuss your review and sign off on the check-in.

Final check-in and goal setting

Final check-in

1. You will be prompted to complete a self assessment in Talent@GW - Performance.

2. Your manager will look at your goal progress, make overall comments, and answer two questions about your performance:

3. Your manager will provide a performance rating for your work over the course of the performance year.

4. The check-in will be submitted to your manager’s manager, known as your “Next Level Approver.” The Next Level Approver ensures accurate and consistent assessment of employee performance for their area of responsibility.

5. You and your manager will meet to discuss your check-in and rating, and you will both sign off on the final check-in.

Set goals for the next performance cycle

1. Work with your manager to set goals in Talent@GW based on your department and school/division’s priorities.

2. Once you submit goals in Talent@GW, your manager will be prompted to approve them.

3. Goals can be edited, added, and/or cancelled at any point in Talent@GW. Any change will prompt manager approval.

Resources for completing the midpoint check-in

Midpoint check-in 2021 timeline

2021 Midpoint Check-In Step Schedule
Employees assigned self assessments in Talent@GW January 15, 2021
Employee self assessments due January 21, 2021
Manager reviews due February 4, 2021
Managers and employees meet to discuss and sign off on reviews February 18, 2021
Office Hours

Office hours are drop-in and open to all. Talent and Organizational Development will be available to answer questions on the performance management process and using the Talent@GW system. When joining a virtual office hour session, please click on the link for the webex at that date and time. If you're asked for a password, please enter "performance" (all lowercase, without the quotation marks).

Date Time Link to virtual session
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Join the session
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Join the session
Monday, February 1, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Join the session
Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am Join the session

Who to contact with questions

Please contact the HR Business Partner for your division or school with any questions related to the Performance Management process or the Introductory Employment Period (IEP). Your HR Business Partner can provide guidance, help you resolve issues, and collect any paperwork related to the IEP.