OPM has issued an updated Handbook for Measuring Employee Performance, designed for developing employee performance plans “that not only meet regulatory requirements, but also maximize the capability that performance plans have for focusing employee efforts on achieving organizational and group goals.”

It characterizes performance management as “the systematic process of planning work and setting expectations, continually monitoring performance, developing the capacity to perform, periodically rating performance in a summary fashion, and rewarding good performance.”

The handbook’s focus is on how to develop elements and standards “that mea¬sure employee and work unit accomplishments rather than to develop other measures that are often used in appraising performance, such as measuring behaviors or competencies,” it says.

Topics covered include how to: develop a performance plan that aligns individual performance with organizational goals; use a variety of methods to determine work unit and individual accomplishments; and determine the difference between activities and accomplishments.