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Staff performance appraisal planning and manager training


As summer nears, so do preparations for the end of the annual performance appraisal period for full- and part-time staff employees. This annual process provides an opportunity for formal performance discussions and documentation to capture the hard work, important contributions and professional development of each individual staff member.

Specific timeframes may be set at the unit level by deans and vice presidents for completing this year's staff performance appraisal documentation by Sept. 1, but staff employees and managers can start planning now. The following outlines the general steps of the performance appraisal process:

  • Step 1: Employees should ensure that 2022-23 performance goals have been entered and approved in BlueSky. The current appraisal period is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.
  • Step 2: Employees complete their section of the performance appraisal in BlueSky (forms opened on May 15). At this time, managers should also schedule performance meetings to take place by mid-August.
  • Step 3: Managers complete their reviews in BlueSky, giving employees time to review prior to performance meetings.
  • Step 4: Performance appraisal meetings should take place by mid-August.
  • Step 5: Completed documentation needs to be submitted to Human Resources through BlueSky by Sept. 1.

More details about the annual performance appraisal process can be found at

For managers who want to strengthen skills and practices associated with performance management, DePaul's Management Foundations series is available. Current topics include 1) Goal Setting and Maintenance, 2) the Performance Appraisal Process, and 3) Ongoing Feedback and Coaching. This three-session series combines self-paced learning modules with a collaborative skills lab alongside other managers at DePaul. Sign up by going to, navigating to the Learning tile and then searching for any of the session topics.

As always, the Workplace Learning and Performance team is here to help. Reach out to the Workplace Learning and Performance team online or call (312) 362-8342.

Please note the performance appraisal is different for student employees. For more information about student employee performance appraisal, please contact the Office of Student Employment at (312) 362-5599 or visit the Office of Student Employment website.