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2019-20 Performance Appraisal Process Resumes

Re: 2019-20 Performance Appraisal Process Resumes
To: All staff and faculty
Sept. 16, 2020
Dear Campus Colleagues,
UC Merced is resuming the 2019-20 performance appraisal process for unrepresented staff that was paused last spring because of disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic.
The first deadline is Oct. 19, for submission by staff of a summary of accomplishments for the the appraisal period of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The appraisal process closes on Dec. 18. (see the full schedule here) and is conducted in the Saba online system, which can be accessed with Single Sign-On.
A few departments went forward and completed the original appraisal schedule for unrepresented staff, and I applaud those efforts. Represented staff, in accordance with their respective contracts, also completed the process in June. Please note that in accordance with the UC Office of the President, the merit pay program for policy-covered employees is paused through June 30, 2021.
The pandemic has restricted access to campus sites, dictated physical distancing and forced many of us to work from home. These wide degrees of separation make meaningful communication more crucial than ever, and year-round performance management is a pivotal part of that process. Supervisors are encouraged to meet regularly with employees to discuss not only progress, goals and development opportunities, but also resilience and well-being.
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We are almost halfway into the 2020-21 appraisal cycle and approaching the time for supervisors and staff to hold mid-cycle meetings. Please review everyone’s roles and responsibilities in this process. I urge supervisors to:
  • Review the employee job description
  • Reinforce and establish expectations
  • Identify training and/or development needs
  • Review and/or establish goals
  • Recognize good performance and communicate areas that need improvement
If you have questions, please send an email to I appreciate everyone’s commitment to the university and to each other as we navigate these uncertain times. Stay safe and be well.
Nicole Pollack
Chief Human Resources Officer