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myPerformance is UMSL’s goal setting and performance improvement process. On an annual basis UMSL leaders and their direct reports are expected to participate in a process that includes, at a minimum:

  • A self-appraisal by the employee
  • A written appraisal by the employee’s supervisor
  • A meeting in which the employee and supervisor discuss the employee’s performance and set performance and development goals for the coming year.

The purpose of myPerformance is to:

  • provide a fair and equitable basis for evaluating employee performance;
  • improve communication related to performance;
  • clarify expectations related to the position and the University's mission, values and goals;
  • recognize and reward employee performance;
  • improve productivity and performance of the University;
  • identify employee training and development needs;
  • serve as an input for determining salary increases.

CRR 320.065 Performance Management
HR-501 Performance Appraisals

What’s New

Evaluation Criteria

For 2019 all staff employees will be evaluated against the same seven competencies, referred to as SuccessFactors. The SuccessFactors are used throughout the UM System. Due to the nature of their work, Maintenance and Custodial employees will be evaluated using their key responsibilities in addition to the SuccessFactors. It is important that you know the definition of each SuccessFactor as well as behavioral statements that apply to your job or the job of the person you are evaluating. One major change for this year is the appraisal has one required comment box at the end of the form. You are not able to make comments in each success factor. 


Calibration was introduced in 2017 and will continue this year. Through calibration we will reduce variation, and ensure consistency, fairness and accountability of performance ratings. By building a common understanding and application of the performance standards between the raters we will avoid the common issue of ratings differences just because one manager is a tough evaluator and another is more lenient. In facilitated calibration meetings those managers will now be accountable to each other and to the people they evaluate for applying and rating the SuccessFactors in a consistent way. This is especially important as performance ratings will be the basis for determining merit increases when they are budgeted.

Appraisal Form 2019
Union Form Success Factors + Key Responsibilities (pre-populated based on title)
Support Task Expert Form Success Factors + 1 blank factor.
Subject Matter Professional Form Success Factors + 1 blank factor.
Management Form Success Factors + 1 blank factor.
Leadership Form Success Factors + 1 blank factor.

What’s Next

  1. Watch the Performance Appraisal Process Video
  2. Enroll in a live training session via MyLearn
  3. Review/Understand SuccessFactor definitions and Behavioral Statements
  4. Draft your self-appraisal
  5. Finalize and submit your self appraisal
  6. Manager drafts employee appraisals
  7. Managers participate in Calibration Workshop(s) facilitated by Human Resources
  8. Managers revise draft appraisals, finalize and “submit”
  9. Managers and employees meet for Performance Appraisal sessions.
  10. HR analyzes performance ratings to create a Merit Increase Guide that achieves UMSL’s merit budget in years where merit pay is budgeted and approved.
  11. Managers and employees meet to discuss merit pay.

In the tabs below, you will find resources to help you set goals, give feedback and drive improvement through the MyPerformance process. For additional information, please contact Information and training for managers can be located on the Manager SharePoint site. If you need access to the SharePoint site, please send an email to

2019 Key Dates

  • 3/31: Self-appraisals are due March 31st and will no longer be available after April 5th. 
  • 4/30: Manager drafts appraisal for each employee (do not submit the appraisal, leave it in draft form)
  • 5/1 – 5/31: Calibration sessions for performance ratings will occur and second level approvals are due.
  • Due 6/30: Final employee and manager sign-offs.
  • 7/1 - 7/30: Merit letters sent to employees.