Human Resources

Performance Evaluations

Performance Management at Emerson College

Welcome to the Performance Management Website! Performance management, when done correctly, is an iterative process of expectation-setting, ongoing review, regular and honest feedback, and formal evaluations. The overall performance management cycle for staff at Emerson includes three components, as shown below. These components are Performance Planning/Expectation Setting, Ongoing Review and Feedback, and End of Year Evaluation. Everyone has an important role to play in performance management.

Performance Management

The performance evaluation process at Emerson is designed to support the broader performance management process and to increase communication between managers/supervisors and staff. There should not be any surprises when staff members receive their annual evaluations.

2013 - 2014 Performance Evaluations

Below are the key dates in the timeline for the 2013-2014 performance evaluation process. Once you have started the performance evaluation process, you may move through it as quickly as you wish. For a more detailed timeline, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the "Detailed evaluation timeline" link. Also at the bottom of this page, you can find templates that you can use as drafts before you enter your information into the system.

Key 2014 Dates for All Staff

June 13th Self-Evaluation Due
*July 30th Acknowledge Finalized Supervisor Evaluation in System
September 17th Staff Member’s Draft of Next Year’s Plan Due 

Key 2014 Dates for Managers

July 25th Supervisor Evaluation Due
*July 30th Acknowledge that Review Meeting Occurred
September 26th Final Plan for Next Year Due (employee and manager must meet prior to this date)

*July 30th is the most important deadline in this evaluation process. On July 31st, the overall performance scores will be compiled and sent to the department leader (e.g. Vice President) as an input to their merit decisions. If a performance evaluation is not complete by the end of the day on July 30th, the individual's score will appear blank in that merit spreadsheet.

The Performance Management System

New System

This year we are using a new performance management system, called PeopleAdmin, which is integrated with other HR systems. The link to the system is If you have never signed on to the PeopleAdmin system before, both your username and your password will be firstname_lastname. The new PeopleAdmin Performance Management System will generate reminders when you have action items pending.

2008-2013 System

You can access evaluations and performance plans from 2008-2013 in the previous Performance Evaluation System at any time. The link to the previous system is The username and password for that system will be the same as your username and password for eCommon.

Templates/Forms for 2013-2014

The links below lead to templates that you can use to draft your inputs before you enter them into the system.

  • Plan Form for 2013-2014 (this is a template that will show you what is on the plan form)
  • Self evaluation form (this is a template that you can use to draft your self-evaluation before you enter it into the system)
  • Performance evaluation form (this is a template that you can use to draft an evaluation before you enter it into the system)
  • Plan Form for 2014-2015 (these are templates you can use to draft your plan for next year)

To determine which form is right for you, you can look up your classification title in your job description at this link:

  1. Plan form for Support Staff (Entry Support, Intermediate Support, and Senior Support)
  2. Plan form for Entry to Mid-Level Individual Contributors (Entry Individual Contributor, Intermediate Individual Contributor, and Career Individual Contributor)
  3. Plan form for Senior Staff, including Senior Individual Contributors (Advanced and Expert), Managers, and Executive-Level Staff (Director 1 or 2 or AVP 1 or 2)

More Helpful Information

The links below lead to helpful instructions.


If you have additional questions about performance management or performance evaluations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at x8580.

HR will be available for coaching and system support throughout the performance management process. HR will also monitor the overall ratings for ratings for staff evaluations that fall below “Meets Expectations” and will follow-up with the supervisor to determine if a progressive performance management plan is necessary and/or if there are other opportunities for a formal development plan.