I have worked in corporate owned as well as privately owned businesses where yearly performance evaluations were used for all employees and now I work as a CUPE employee at a post-secondary institution where you get a mini-review when you start a new job and then not again for the duration of your career. In considering the issue of performance evaluations for CUPE members, I have several thoughts that I will arrange into “PRO”, “CON” and “QUESTIONS”.
It is an opportunity to hear about the good work we are doing in a more formal setting
It is an opportunity to talk to our employer about our goals and enlist their support in reaching our goals
It is an opportunity for us to have some dedicated time one on one with our employer to speak with them about challenges that we faced, things that get in the way of us doing our jobs and general items that are of concern to us
It is a demonstration that we are a valuable part of VIU and that they are willing to devote time to hearing our concerns and helping us reach our goals
In the working world outside of publicly funded institutions, performance evaluations are usually tied to job advancement or financial compensation and as that would not be the case at VIU, one might reach the conclusion that there is great benefit to the employer is doing these evaluations but very little benefit (and some risk) to the employee.
The material collected in the evaluation can be used as material for discipline or dismissal.
The entire process of evaluation depends not only on having a really good evaluation tool but also a person administering the tool that is skilled in using it and in delivering proper and purposeful evaluations. I would not want to see evaluations come to VIU unless we had both of those things and I can’t imagine the institution devoting those sorts of resources to evaluation when we have so many other pressing financial issues.
Would performance evaluation be implemented across the campus, for all employees or would it just be for CUPE members?
Would performance evaluations become a part of our permanent employee files?
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