Performance Dialogue is McGill’s formal performance management process for M-level employees. It is a critical process that involves having a meaningful discussion between the employee and the supervisor. This is an effective tool for team support, especially during periods of transition such as voluntary retirements leading to revised priorities and tasks, knowledge transfer, etc.
These structured dialogues bring needed clarity, stability and continued engagement. They provide shared understanding of the team’s priorities, achievements and challenges. They are especially important in exploring an employee’s developmental needs and aspirations.
New online support tools
New online tools are now available to help managers in planning and assessment. The information focuses on McGill’s seven behavioural competencies, and provides tips and video segments to help managers prepare for a meaningful Performance Dialogue exercise. These tools can be found on the HR website at http://www.mcgill.ca/hr/training/performance-management/performance-dialogue
While budgets are being cut back, we are being asked to be more resourceful. It is only through heightened skills/competencies, the capacity to prioritize and streamline processes that we can meet the demands. This happens best through collaboration. As we put our clients and key stakeholders at the centre of what we do by active listening and dialogue, we learn and grow.
Performance Dialogue – an opportunity for employees at all levels
Behavioural competencies should form the basis of discussion in Performance Dialogue, a key component of career development. Use Performance Dialogue to empower yourself:
- Set learning and career goals
- Recognize how you learn best
- Track your progress
- Keep records of successes
- Document your learnings with examples
- Seek what you need to learn
Ensure that you are discussing your career aspirations with your supervisor and understanding the behavioral and technical competencies required to pursue those aspirations.
For the manager, Performance Dialogue allows to better support team members. For the employee, it is an exercise that allows a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses, and the possibility of tapping into the tools available toward self-fulfillment – a winning formula.