Work Performance Questionnaire (WPQ) – Employee Instructions

The WPQ helps initiate conversations around recognising good performance, identifying any areas for development and setting goals for growth.

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The Work Performance Questionnaire (WPQ) is a set of questions to assess your performance and behaviour within the work environment. It helps initiate conversations around recognising good performance, identifying any areas for development and setting goals for growth.

How to complete the questionnaire

  • Your supervisor will ask you to complete your copy of the WPQ by a certain date.
  • Make time in your schedule to complete it.
  • If you need help to complete it, it is okay to ask someone you trust to help (friend, family member, colleague or mentor).
  • It should take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete but take as long as you need.

When you are ready to complete the questionnaire

  • Find a quiet place where there are fewer distractions.
  • Choose to fill in electronically, then print OR
  • Print and fill in a hard copy.
  • Read each statement, and then select the option you think currently describes you:
    • Frequency means how often I do something.
    • Independence indicates how much guidance or assistance I require
  • You can opt to use the comments section to explain your answer and justify or reinforce your rating. You will be discussing this with your supervisor so include:
    • Examples of when you have done something. For example, if you marked that you arrived at work on time ‘some of the time’, you (or your supervisor) might mention how often you were on time. Alternatively, you might like to include a reason why you were not able to arrive on time.
    • Difficulties you faced or issues that prevented you from achieving something
    • Strategies that helped you achieve the task
    • Any successes you had.
  • Make sure you answer every question. If you need time to think about your answers, it is okay to leave it, think about it and come back to it later.
  • When you have completed the questionnaire let your supervisor know so they can organise a time to compare their results with yours. 

The employee / supervisor meeting

Once you and your supervisor have both completed your questionnaires, you meet to compare the results. This meeting can take up to an hour depending on the discussions.

It is natural to feel a little nervous about these meetings. Remember the aim of the meeting is to provide a structured way for both you and your employer to discuss your performance and ensure your employment goals are considered.

  • During your meeting you will discuss any differences in ratings with your supervisor. The examples you provide will help your supervisor understand why you gave yourself a particular rating. Their rating of you might be different. That’s OK. Listen to the reasons they provide. The goal here is to find strategies to help you develop.  
  • Discuss different strategies and approaches for improving your low ratings. Document these strategies. Create a plan to implement them. Refer to this plan so you can improve your ratings before the next WPQ.
  • Use the strategies created in this meeting as a basis to measure your improvements when the WPQ process is next run.

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