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Annual Employee Reviews

Why must "Annual Employee Reviews" take place?

The "Annual Employee Reviews" are of great importance to leaders, employees and the University.

Superiors and leaders can use this occasion to fix objectives together with their coworker(s). Both can keep track of the realisation and discuss adjustments. Leaders have the chance to get to know the perspective of their coworker(s) and discuss themes which risk to be neglected in the work routine.

Employees get the chance to influence the shape of forthcoming work loads and address personal development-, qualification- and career chances.

As for the University, the annual employee reviews play an important role since they open additional possibilities to improve work conditions and promote the implementation of a culture of mutual and lifelong learning.

How shall Annual Employee Reviews be conducted?

The Annual Employee Reviews shall be conducted in a structured, confidential way; based on mutual respect and appreciation, so to say on "on eye level".

We hereby provide you with some documents, which shall support superiors and employees in the preparation and conduct of the Annual Employee Reviews:

The guideline "Annual Employee Reviews" displays and summarizes all relevant information on the topic. (Additionally you can find the current "Dienstvereinbarung".) As tools for the procedure, we provide a template for taking the minutes and a documentation form. Also, we would like to draw your attention to the work aids, please see the documents „Basics of Communication“, „Conflicts and difficult themes: how to prepare“ or „Addressing Work-Life Balance Themes“.

Whats the nature of the "Annual Employee Review"?

The Annual Employee Review is a personal interview between employee and her/his direct superior within strict adherence to the four eyes principle.

It is mandatory, that it take place once a year.

Under the category "That´s why we conduct Annual Employee Reviews" we have gathered opinions from different perspectives.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Your contact persons can be found here.

Ongoing trainings for the Annual Employee Reviews 2020 can be explored below.

"Jahresgespräch: Einführung für (neue) Führungskräfte in Verwaltung und Wissenschaft" (in German)
07.02.2020, 13:00 bis 16:00 Uhr

"Mein Jahresgespräch: Einführung für Beschäftigte" (in German)
21.2.2020, 13:00 bis 16:00 Uhr

Please send the enrolment form via e-mail to

A short-term consultation for Leaders on the issue of conversation (e.g. Annual Employee Review) can be arranged. Our expert Dr. Martin Hartung advises in German.

Note: At the moment short-term consultations are only online possible.

If you are interested in a short-term consultation on the issue of conversation please send us an e-mail with your desired date to

General Information

In agreement with the Staff Council (Personalrat), the deadline for carrying out annual reviews in 2020 has been extended until 31 December 2020. Please note, that there are several new features pointed out in the "Dienstvereinbarung" up from 2018. Please take note of the following paragraphs §1 (1), §2 (2) sowie §3 (5).

Origins of the Annual Employee Reviews at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The Annual Employee Reviews were established at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2017. The concept had been developed by an expert group under the auspices of the vice president Dr. Holger Schroeter with the support of the representants of the workers´council, the division Gender Equality and the Representatives for Severely Handicapped Persons in collaboration with the faculty representatives.