Performance Management

Focus: 
Supervisory Development

Performance Management: It's more than filling out an annual performance review. Performance management is a system that promotes ongoing communication between a supervisor and employee regarding the planning and achieving of workplace priorities as well as the identification of successes and of any areas for performance improvement. Good performance management uses a collaborative, coaching and developmental approach.


  • A major misconception about performance management is that it only involves an annual appraisal. Read this article to gain a fuller understanding of the differences between an effective, ongoing performance management approach versus a one-time performance review.
  • Performance management at UMass Amherst is a comprehensive system for supporting employee effectiveness.  Whether you are a supervisor or not, learning about UMass Amherst's performance management structure and expectations can be very beneficial.  Visit our website that outlines supervisory expectations, forms and procedures, contract language, and tools to support good practices.
  • Learn more at UMass: For guidance on setting goals and managing performance, contact WLD.