UC Davis 2016 Performance Appraisal Ratings

In response to feedback received last year, UC Davis has implemented improvements to the rating categories and descriptions for non-represented employees, while retaining the 5-point rating scale in place during 2015-2016 goal setting.  In 2016-2017, the rating scale updates to a 4-point scale (See 2017 Ratings).

The goal for updating the rating categories and descriptions is to provide a clearer distinction between ratings and name the top categories (Fully Achieved Expectations, Exceeded Expectations and Exceptional) in a way that is positive and motivating.  After all, the employees who receive any of these ratings do a really great job! In addition, descriptions that define the components of the ratings were added.  This will provide additional clarity to the ratings and provide a starting point for conversations between supervisors and employees about the key elements of performance, including behavior and how it impacts individual performance and unit culture.

New for 2016: Updated rating categories and descriptions to more effectively describe employee performance; making it easy for employees and supervisors to understand and explain. 

Individual Goal/Job Function/Achievement Ratings

  • Exceptional: Performance far exceeded expectations
  • Exceeded Expectations: Performance consistently exceeded expectations
  • Fully Achieved Expectations: Fully achieved and at times may have exceeded expectations
  • Some Expectations Met: Performance occasionally met expectations but was inconsistent
  • Expectations Not Met: Immediate improvement is needed

Exceptional: Performance far exceeded expectations

  • Goals/Achievements/Job Functions: Critical goals were completed at an exceptional level and performance far exceeded all standards and expectations
  • Skills: Demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities at an extraordinary level
  • Behavior: Served as a role model; extensive and valuable contributions to a positive organizational culture were made

Exceeded Expectations: Performance consistently exceeded expectations

  • Goals/Achievements/Job Functions: Critical goals were completed and achievements clearly and consistently surpassed job performance expectations
  • Skills: Demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities well beyond the job requirements
  • Behavior: Behavior was highly professional, and meaningful contributions to a positive organizational culture were made

Fully Achieved Expectations: Fully achieved and at times may have exceeded expectations

  • Goals/Achievements/Job Functions: Critical goals were completed and achievements were as expected of an experienced performer
  • Skills: Consistently demonstrated required skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Behavior: Behavior was consistently professional and supportive of a positive organizational culture

Some Expectations Met: Performance occasionally met expectations but was inconsistent

  • Goals/Achievements/Job Functions: Some critical goals were completed though overall achievement was below expectations
  • Skills: Demonstrated most required skills, knowledge and abilities but improvement/growth is needed
  • Behavior: Behavior was not consistently professional or supportive of a positive organizational culture
  • New in position and developing appropriately; performance was good given limited time in position

Expectations Not Met: Immediate improvement is needed

  • Goals/Achievements/Job Functions: No critical goals were achieved and/or majority of work was poorly executed
  • Skills: Did not demonstrate basic skills, knowledge or ability required to perform the majority of assigned duties
  • Behavior: Behavior was unacceptable and detrimental to a positive organizational culture