Performance and development review

Goal

MIT is widely recognized as an employer deeply committed to the growth and success of its employees. Professional development is a high priority for all members of the community, and honest communication between managers and employees are everyday events. We are now moving our systems and processes for performance and development review toward this vision.

The bottom line objective is to make employee assessment an opportunity for building collaborative relationships between direct reports and their supervisors.

On the Performance and Development Review team, our goal is to encourage administrators to adopt best practices for performance development. We want to enable clear lines of communication between MIT employees and their supervisors and to make sure that all employees have the chance to give and receive feedback on their professional performance. We also believe it is vital for employees to understand their professional development opportunities and to feel supported in pursuing them.

The bottom line objective shared by all members of the Performance and Development Review Team is to make employee assessment an opportunity for building collaborative relationships between direct reports and their supervisors. Through this initiative, we are working to foster a diverse and inclusive environment, straightforward communication about expectations and perspectives, and increased professional satisfaction for all employees, regardless of position.

Implementation of a new web-based tool for EVPT areas

One step toward achieving these goals is the introduction of a new web-based, vendor-hosted tool. The tool is intended as a method for developing goals and to stimulate productive and empowering conversations between employees and their supervisors on job knowledge and skills and areas for professional development.

In November 2013, MIT selected a tool provided by vendor Success Factors (an SAP company). The selection was informed by the work of an advisory group of approximately 25 managers and local department HR professionals. This team identified the desired feature set and evaluated commercial products that were scalable, flexible, and sustainable. They focused on the key priorities of providing meaningful feedback, modeling excellence consistently, enabling employee development, and fostering full engagement.

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Area contacts

Learn more

Margaret Ann Gray
mag@mit.edu

Riley Hart
rileyh@mit.edu