Performance Management Process Steps
Performance Management Process Steps

The Performance Management Process (PMP) and the Mid-Year Check In (MYCI) provide an opportunity for supervisors/chairs and staff to establish mutual understandings of the responsibilities and the performance expectations associated with a position. They also provide a mechanism for employees to contribute to the achievement of Amherst College’s strategic goals and mission. This process is an opportunity to: 

  • foster an open exchange and dialogue between supervisors and employees
  • review and acknowledge progress towards a goal
  • review and acknowledge completion of a goal
  • highlight areas requiring improvement
  • establish goals and development plans for the coming year
  • recognize and celebrate accomplishments! 
This year’s PMP will be conducted using Workday. While not required, the process is encouraged, as it provides opportunities for focused growth and development. To access your 2019 Self Evaluation and Evaluation forms, please visit the Online PMP system.
To support this process, learning workshops along with Workday technical training will be available for Staff and Supervisors/Department Chairs to provide an overview of the PMP and suggestions on how to prepare for a productive and engaging dialogue, and set SMART goals.  If your department wants to explore additional resources, there are some excellent tips and references to online training videos available in the PMP Tips and Skills LinkedIn Learning Collection as well as the LinkedIn Learning Feedback Challenge

PMP Timeline 2020-2021

Evaluation Period

The 2020-2021 performance evaluation period is April 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021.

Self-Evaluation Process

Staff members can write their self evaluations between Thursday, April 1st and Monday, April 19th, 2021.

Online Evaluation Process

Supervisors, Chairs, and Department Heads can write their evaluations, meet with their staff to discuss them, and submit the evaluations between Monday, April 19th and Friday, May 28th, 2021.

Resources for the PMP

These resources are designed to help Supervisors, Department Chairs and Staff learn about the PMP.  If you have any questions about the process or want additional information about how to complete one of the online forms, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Forms, Performance Criteria and Ratings Information
General Information
Goal Setting
PMP Quick Reference Guide (QRG's)
Self Evaluation

SMART Goal Setting

SMART goal setting provides structure to the specific tasks, projects or ideas we want to accomplish.  It creates a path to accomplish objectives with clear milestones and action items that can be tracked and measured.   SMART goal setting also creates transparency throughout the process of creating goals, making sure that both supervisor/chair and staff member are clear on expectations and ways in which success in accomplishing a goal will be assessed.

The SMART acronym stands for:



The more specific a goal, the more likely the success. This clarifies the what, how, how well, and how much of the goal



Framed so that individuals involved understand the purpose, context, and the “what’s in it for me” of the goal.



Properly scoped - not too big, not too small, reasonable but also a stretch.



Contributes meaningfully to individual, departmental and College results.



Takes the guesswork out of determining whether a goal was actually achieved or not. Defines the when of the goal as well as expectations related to progress updates and milestones.