The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has announced the beginning of Annual Performance Review for Federal Government employees according to mechanisms of Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) 2018, which relates to reviewing employees’ progress towards achieving their goals during the year. This phase will extend from the beginning of November until the end of December, 2019.
FAHR also called for providing the results of performance review levels as per moderation committee’s decisions, as well as with data of employees who received a rating that ‘Exceeds Expectations’, as an important prerequisite in measuring HR enablers in the Federal Government, and UAE HR Award indicators.
In this regard, HE Laila Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of Programs & HR Planning at FAHR indicated that the implantation of the three phases of EPMS is electronically enabled through the Federal Government’s HR Management Information System (BAYANATI) and that the Authority’s Smart App, (FAHR).
She explained that employees can easily access the self-service function which is considered one of the key components of BAYANATI system, to enter his / her own individual objectives and ratings, and review the objective achieved with the line manager.
According to Laila Al Suwaidi, the EPMS allows the evaluation of employee performance electronically and enables employees to attach necessary evidence and documents required to complete the evaluation process, stressing that system is not a substitute for personal interview between the employee and his / her line manager, but it is an electronic system intended to automate the traditional manual procedures.
Laila Al Suwaidi said that the EPMS is based on five principles: fostering a performance-oriented culture; engaging the employee in planning and setting individual objectives; encouraging fair, accurate and proactive feedback from line managers in respect to the performance of their direct reports; establishing a clear link between on-the-job performance and incentives such as annual increase, promotions and training and development opportunities; and providing a consistent, fair and credible employee performance management system, through setting clear standards, policies and procedures.
She added: “The System aims to establish a methodology to ensure that performance is linked to achievement and outstanding results, as well as to increase employee productivity through an annual performance review which is consistent with the objectives of the Federal Government.
“It is a process which evaluates an individual’s performance against objectives/ KPI’s set jointly with his/her line manager for the period being assessed. These objectives will be set at the beginning of the review period and will be subject to continuous review and feedback throughout the 3 phases: Performance Planning, Interim Review, and Annual Review.
“Moreover, the System encourages individual achievements and teamwork; creates a culture of continuous learning and professional development; and allows UAE Federal Government entities to identify and recognize high performers.”