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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

How can non-critical elements be used in the performance-appraisal process?

Non-critical elements are not required but, if used, they must be expressed as elemenst and standards, be included in the employee's performance plan, and be used in assigning a summary level for the rating of record. However, non-critical elements cannot be used as a basis for taking a performance-based action. Other features of non-critical elements:

  • they cannot be used in two-level appraisal programs (i.e., pass/fail)
  • they can be given more weight than critical elements when assigning a summary level above "Unacceptable" (Level 1)
  • they must have a performance standard written for at least one level, the written standard need not describe the "Fully Successful" or equivalent level

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