Dear HWS Colleagues,

One of the goals of the HWS 2015 Strategic Plan is to foster a high performing and engaged workforce made up of people who possess a passion for their work and the mission of the Colleges. As part of our HWS 2015 efforts, the Colleges have committed to implementing programs and processes that heighten engagement and provide all employees with tools to help them manage their careers at the Colleges. The first initiative that was undertaken was a comprehensive review of staff salaries. The new Staff Salary Program was implemented in July 2013, and it aims to provide all employees with clarity on their individual compensation. The second initiative we are now moving forward on is the implementation of a new Performance Management Program that provides tools and practices to set individual objectives and evaluate performance in relation to the priorities, goals and values of the Colleges on an annual basis.

There are four Core Capabilities by which HWS wishes to consistently distinguish itself within the higher education liberal arts sector. For each capability there are Performance Competencies listed, serving as the standards against which all HWS staff will be evaluated. Each Performance Competency has a summary description that helps further define the behavioral expectations for each. As we move to a new annual review process, all staff employees will be evaluated against these Core Capabilities.

This year will be a transition for all staff employees as we move to the Performance Management Program. Later this semester, we will be following up with revised procedures and forms for completing annual reviews.  For now, please begin to get familiar with these new Core Capabilities and begin discussing them with your immediate supervisor.


Sandy Bissell
Vice President for Human Resources

To review the Core Capabilities, please click here.