Performance Management

UWSA Guidelines

The University of Wisconsin System Administration is committed to a performance management system that fosters and acknowledges excellent employee performance.

Performance management is an ongoing conversation engaging both the supervisor and employee. Regular touch-points occur to provide reflective and prospective feedback on performance and discuss progress towards accomplishment of goals. This ongoing conversation strengthens communication and collaboration, deepens employee engagement and improves retention.

Performance management also includes formal touch-points: a mid-cycle and annual evaluation to document performance. SMART goals are set to align with departmental and organizational goals. Evaluations should also include opportunities to discuss and plan for employee career development.

Additional resources and information are available for supervisors and employees on this webpage. Contact your HR Strategic Partner with any questions that you may have.


UW System’s Core Values are the foundation for the work we do. Watch the video below from a recorded UWSA staff presentation on how our Core Values influence your goals and outcomes as part of our Performance Management system. Refer to the Core Value and Performance Management presentation slides.

Evolving Towards a Performance Management Philosophy

SMART Goal Alignment across the Organization

UWSA Performance Management Cycle


UWSA Managers and employees are encouraged to review these additional resources:



When an employee performance issue arises, Managers should consult with their HR Strategic Partner as early as possible to identify appropriate next steps.