36.2.1 Evaluation Period and Schedules
Performance evaluation is conducted annually to evaluate the employee’s performance during the previous fiscal year and to set goals for the upcoming year. The supervisor may conduct a performance evaluation more frequently if it is deemed necessary.
Performance evaluation schedules are determined each fiscal year by the Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR) and announced to employees. Generally, supervisors are expected to complete their evaluation discussions by the middle of March, and the results are reflected in the salary merit increases in April of the following fiscal year.
36.2.2 Goal Setting and Coaching
At the beginning of evaluation period (normally April every year), employees are expected to work with their supervisors to develop a set of measurable and achievable goals that can be worked on during the performance period. Supervisors are expected to actively engage in providing feedback and coaching based on the employee’s level of achievement toward each goal.
36.2.3 Evaluation Elements
Employee Evaluation is conducted by Performance Evaluation (Evaluation of the performance delivered by the employee against pre-set annual goals), and Value Competency relevant to the employee’s job grade will also be taken into consideration.
Employees are rated for each element and given an overall rating by their immediate supervisors on the on-line system based on the Employee Evaluation Implementation Regulations developed separately by the Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR).
36.2.4 Confirmation and Adjustment
Evaluation results are submitted to and confirmed (and adjusted if necessary) by the Supervisor’s Supervisor (hereinafter as “Certifier") to ensure fair and consistent evaluations throughout the organization. The Certifier is usually the supervisor’s supervisor, designated separately by the Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR).
36.2.5 Disclosure of Evaluation Results
Confirmed evaluation results are disclosed to the evaluated employees. Employees have access to evaluation documents upon request and may make copies.
36.2.6 Merit Increase
Merit increase is a salary increase program designed for permanent increases to Annual Salaries adjusted by the result of annual review of the employee’s performance. The performance of employees other than Faculty members and researchers is annually assessed and rated by the Performance Evaluation (PE) results.
A “Merit Increase Guideline” that specifies an increase percent for each performance rating, is proposed annually by the Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR) and reviewed by the SRC.
The Guideline is set in view of trends in the cost of living, competitiveness of the job market, University budgets, and other relevant factors.
Eligibility. Employees are not eligible for salary increase if:
・ Their salaries are equal to their job level Maximum salary;
・ They have been continuously employed by the University for less than 3 months;
・ They are on Administrative Leave;
・ They have been on leave without pay for a period longer than 9 months during the current fiscal year;
・ They are not subject to the Performance Evaluation, as is the case typically for Postdoctoral Scholars; or
・ The length of their employment contracts is 1 year or less.
・ Faculty members and PE eligible employees whose age reaches beyond the following at the beginning of the new fiscal year (as of April 1)
- Faculty Members: 7
- Permanent Employee: 6
- Fixed Term Employee (including Continuing Appointments): 65
A Merit Increase does not guarantee an annual salary increase every year. The salary may fluctuate depending on the change in the rate ranges, the result of each employee’s performance review, and other relevant factors.
36.2.7 Year-End Bonus
Year-End Bonus may be given to a relatively small number of individuals who made a significant achievement or contribution to the University, based on their PE. A “Year-End Bonus Guideline,” proposed by Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR) and approved by the SRC, will specify the percentage of the bonus relative to annual salary, criteria for the bonus, and other relevant matters. Employees who are not eligible for a Merit Increase are similarly not eligible for Year-End Bonus.
36.2.8 Complaints Procedures
Employees may complain in confidence about the evaluation results through the Compliant Procedures developed by Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR). Every complaint is taken seriously by the Human Resource Division.
Any harassment and discriminatory treatment that is in response to the filing of a complaint is prohibited.
36.2.9 Retention of Evaluation Documents
All evaluation documents are deemed confidential and are electronically sent to the Human Resource Division to keep in confidential files for a minimum of 5 years, or longer if there is a good business reason.
The Employee Evaluation Implementation Regulations prepared by the Vice President for Human Resource (VPHR) provides details necessary to implement this policy, such as treatment of employees who are hired or transferred or who took a leave during the course of a fiscal year.