Technical skills are one of the elements used to evaluate employee performance
PerformMinneapolis is the City’s new performance management process that is gradually replacing the previous employee annual review program. Currently in use by several departments, PerformMinneapolis will be used by all departments by 2015.
The PerformMinneapolis process is based on input from employee focus groups and shifts the focus from a review of past performance to an ongoing effort aimed at connecting employees’ work to City goals, focusing on results, setting expectations, and fostering career growth.
To continue introducing PerformMinneapolis to our workforce, Human Resources staff members are writing articles outlining six job success factors tracked by the performance monitoring process. This is the second article in the series and outlines functional skills; the previous article (November 2012) discussed the customer focus component of the program. Future articles will outline the other Job Success Factors.
PerformMinneapolis defines functional/technical skills
All City employees will be assessed on functional/technical skills: the knowledge and skills needed to perform their job duties and responsibilities.
Employees with strong functional/technical skills:
- Possess the skills to do their work confidently and professionally.
- Produce results that are at or above standard.
- Keep their skills current and seek ways to continually improve their skills. They welcome the chance to learn and use a new technology.
- Share their knowledge with others and are willing to train others in their area of expertise. They also share what they have learned at seminars, workshops or other learning events.
- Are recognized by peers and/or customers as being a technical or functional expert.
So how are your functional/technical skills?
Employees can get a good indication of how well their skills are viewed by seeking feedback from their supervisor, coworkers and customers. Employees can also seek out opportunities to improve or test their functional/technical skills.
How PerformMinneapolis works
PerformMinneapolisuses a three-step cycle of planning, monitoring and recognizing. The process begins when an employee and supervisor meet to plan and set expectations for the coming year. The process encourages both the supervisor and employee to monitor performance during the year. Finally, the year’s accomplishments are documented and recognized in a performance appraisal.
To learn when your department/work group will begin using the new process, check the tentative department roll-out schedule.
Published Mar. 27, 2013