Annual Performance Review Info
Well, we are in the annual performance review season. I would like to remind you of your rights under the collective agreement. Performance reviews are covered in the SAIT / SAFA collective agreement in Section 18.
You have a couple of entitlements in this section. Your supervisor – on an annual basis – will review your performance with you. You may respond in writing and that response will be attached to the performance review in your personal file. This provides you the opportunity to have your opinion included for future reference in your personal file. Assuming your overall performance is determined to be satisfactory, you will advance one step on the salary grid. Also, the requirement to sign your performance review is only to acknowledge that you have been advised of the contents – it is not an indication that you agree.
However, in the event your overall performance is deemed to be less than satisfactory – “requires improvement” – Section 18.01 (b) of the SAIT / SAFA Collective Agreement entitles you to receive the reasons in writing and to appeal through the grievance procedure. This is because there is a significant financial penalty attached to a “requires improvement” performance review. If your overall performance review results in a “requires improvement” evaluation, you may not receive your annual salary grid step increase. Keep in mind your “long service allowance” is also tied to a “meets expectations” performance review.
But, there are time limits to filing a grievance that you need to be aware of:
Section 20.05 (a) requires that an academic staff member must submit the grievance within ten (10) days of the date upon which you had the first reasonable opportunity of knowing that a grievance had allegedly occurred. In the case of a performance review I would think that would be the date you signed the PPR document acknowledging you have been advised of the contents. So, it’s very important that you contact the SAFA office or me directly if your overall performance is deemed “requires improvement” as soon as possible following the PPR meeting with your supervisor.
As always, please feel free to stop by the SAFA office N201 in the Burns Building or contact me directly – ext 4067 – or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.