Performance goal setting for employees now in FermiWorks

Goal setting, the first step in the performance management process as reflected in this graphic, will begin in FermiWorks on Oct. 27, when all employees will receive a notification from FermiWorks to “Set Content: 2015 – Employee/Supervisor Goal Setting.”

Goal setting discussions between employees and managers should be under way. This year, rather than using the paper-based process used in prior years, all employees will document their goals in FermiWorks to reflect the period from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. Managers are required to approve these goals by Dec. 1.

To assist employees with the goal setting process, HR will facilitate workshops at the Training Center. (Enroll in TRAIN). Please visit the TRAIN website for workshop dates and times.

Employees will be able to enter their goals into FermiWorks during the sessions, so come prepared with goals you previously discussed with your direct manager, together with any other (project) manager you do work for. HR partners will be on hand to cover best practices for goal setting and to answer process-related questions. For those unable to attend a workshop, instructions for entering performance goals in FermiWorks will soon be available on the FermiWorks website.

Performance goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-oriented), as detailed in the Quick Guide to Goal Setting. In addition, goals can be updated and adjusted in FermiWorks throughout the year as priorities or responsibilities change. Please contact your HR partner with any questions on goal setting.