TOPS TRAINING Article 1: Performance Management Process A. Purpose: the performance management process that provides employees with opportunities for feedback to keep them advised of performance expectations, their current performance and, when necessary assistance in improving that performance, Transportation Officer Performance System (TOPS) the annual proficiency review (commonly referred to as recertification), will no longer be a part of the pay-for-performance program (formerly known as PASS) and will not affect annual performance ratings and any associated payouts
The performance management system will emphasize: a) Continuous communication; b) Officer development; c) Administrative simplicity; d) The evolution of the managers role to coach; e) Officer input; f) Overall Officer contributions and performance; and g) Encouragement of individual and group achievement of Agency's mission B. General Principles Management will establish and communicate performance standards and expectations for employees. Performance standards should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART).
Management will provide employees with established benchmarks toward which the employee can aim his or her performance. Performance measures in terms of quality, quantity, or timeliness, must provide a reasonable basis of assessing performance competencies and goals. All changes in working procedures will be published in writing and made available to employees before the new procedures are used to evaluate performance. the Agency shall rely on observations and/or documented behaviors.
the Agency shall not hold Officers accountable for factors which may affect their performance ratings that are beyond the control of the Officer. An officer is responsible for promptly notifying rating officials about factors that interfere with their ability to perform their duties at the level of performance required by their performance elements. Employee competencies and goals will be relevant and have a nexus to the employees position and duties. Approved leave will not negatively impact an employees performance rating.
D. Performance Planning: At the beginning of the appraisal period, the rating official and employee will have a performance planning meeting to discuss all elements of the employees performance plan, to include goals, competencies, expectations, and the scale upon which final ratings are based. The rating official must submit to the employee a written performance plan within 30 days of: a) Completion of New Hire On-the-Job-Training (OJT); b) The beginning of an appraisal period; c) The beginning of a detail or temporary promotion that is expected to last more than ninety (90) days; or d) An employees movement to a new position including promotion,
reassignment, or demotion. The rating official should inform the employee when progress review(s) will occur during the rating cycle. A review of the employees performance plan should occur when there is a significant change in the employees work situation, such as: a) Change in the rating official; b) When detailed to a Special Assignment; c) A change in assignments; d) When an Officer returns from an extended absence of 90 calendar days or more. A new performance plan is not required when a change in rating
official occurs. Locally-developed competency areas are not to be added to the core competencies. After the discussion of the performance agreement, both the employee and rating official will sign and date the agreement. E. Informal Discussions: Discussions may be initiated by the supervisor, rating official (if not the immediate supervisor), or employee. If an employee requests a discussion, it will be scheduled as soon as practicable.
Discussions should be a candid, forthright dialogue between the rating official and Officer(s) aimed at improving performance and developing the employee, as well as providing positive feedback. Discussions will provide the employee the opportunity to seek further guidance & understanding of their work performance & participate in their performance improvement. F. Progress Reviews: The rating official shall monitor & communicate with the employee about their performance. Progress reviews can take place at any time during the rating cycle. The employee should give input into their accomplishments. Additional progress reviews should occur when rating official
notices a significant change, whether it be a downward and/or improvement in performance. A self-assessment is not required, but highly recommended. G. Communications: Management will bring observed deficiencies in performance to the employees attention in a timely manner. Management will provide copies of written records of observed deficiencies in a timely manner. The employee may submit written rebuttals or explanations. Passenger or stakeholder complaints will be provided to the Officer in a timely manner & the Officer may submit written
rebuttals or explanations. I. END OF YEAR REVIEW AND RATING: An employee is encouraged to provide input on their performance prior to completion of their rating. The rating official shall consider an employees self assessment, written input from others familiar with the employees work, written employee input on key results or major accomplishments, progress reviews, and interim reviews regarding the employees performance. Such information considered in the employees performance review will be made available to the employee upon request. Both the rating official and the employee will sign and date
the end-of-year review. A copy will be provided to the employee upon request. J. DOCUMENTATION: 3. A rating official should provide meaningful, individualized comments that assist an employees understanding of his/her performance ratings, and recognize strengths and areas for improvement. 4. Employees may provide written documentation at any time to the rating official, to facilitate the rating officials mid-year review and
final end-of-year review of each competency. 5. Officers may provide information or documentation to rebut, clarify, or comment on performance matter. K. IMPROVING PERFORMANCE: Improving the deficient performance of employees is in the best interests of the individual employee and promotes the efficiency and effectiveness of TSA. 2. The objective of the performance improvement process is to eliminate deficiencies in the employee's performance and be corrective in nature.
Performance deficiencies should be addressed as soon as they become evident. Many deficiencies may be addressed through interactions between the employee and rating official. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) may be issued at any time during the performance period and not only at the mid-year or end-of-year review. PIPs issued to employees will, at a minimum, contain the following elements: a) Identification of the area(s) in which the Officers performance is deficient; b) An explanation and/or examples of the specific duties which are not being performed adequately; c) Actions required for the employee to demonstrate satisfactory performance; d) A statement that the Officer will be given a minimum of sixty (60) days to
demonstrate improvement in performance; e) A description of the type(s) of assistance TSA will make available (e.g., formal and/or on-the-job training, increased supervision, etc.); f) A warning of the possible consequences of unimproved performance. The rating official will keep the Officer informed of their progress. At the end of the PIP period, the Officers performance will be reviewed by the rating official. If the rating official determines that the employee satisfied the requirements of the PIP and improved performance to an acceptable level, the rating official may end the PIP at that time. M. GRIEVANCES:
Employees may grieve their final end-of-year performance rating. Employees may bring concerns regarding their midyear reviews to the Reviewing Official (generally, the Rating Officials immediate supervisor) for consideration and resolution.
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