- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new report finds that almost everyone in Louisiana’s civil service workforce received job performance ratings high enough to make them eligible for a 4 percent pay raise.

Ninety-six percent of the 37,736 classified civil servants evaluated were rated “exceptional” or “successful” - the ratings needed to be eligible for pay raises.

Just 388 employees, or 1 percent of the state’s civil service workers, got a “needs improvement-unsuccessful” rating. The poor rating makes them ineligible for pay increases.

Another 1,297 employees were not evaluated because they had not been in their jobs long enough for an assessment to be made. A handful of others did not get rated by their supervisors in violation of civil service rules.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1BPbUhp ) the civil service report reflects the first fiscal year under which the Jindal administration’s new employee job rating system was used throughout state government.

The plan is designed to link employee performance directly to the mission and the goals that an agency sets for specific jobs. Originally, the administration wanted to give state agency executives more leeway in determining who should get pay raises and how much or to vary the pay raise according to the rating achieved. But civil service balked at that and moved to the three-tier rating system with increased consequences for poor performance.

Shannon Templet, civil service director, said about the same percentage of employees qualified for 4 percent pay raises as under the old system, which had five rating levels and did not put as much emphasis on specific employee expectations.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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