Opening Performance Management Cycle 2022-2023

April 11, 2022 - Defence Stories

The start of the fiscal year is a perfect opportunity to develop work objectives and expectations for our employees to align to our 2022-2023 departmental priorities.

There are new considerations for this upcoming fiscal year that require your attention.

Inclusive Behaviours

As stated in the Minister of National Defence Mandate Letter, it is our collective responsibility, at all levels, to bring forward initiatives that will create lasting change across the department. To this end, the new ADM(HR-Civ) Initiating Directive on Inclusion and Performance (accessible only on the National Defence network) was designed and implemented to guide managers through the process of ensuring all defence team members contribute to fostering a healthy and respectful workplace for everyone.

Managers must familiarize themselves with this Initiating Directive prior to starting the 2022/2023 performance agreement process in an effort to not only support this departmental priority but the people who make DND a success. Adjoining annexes provide examples of expected behaviours (accessible only on the National Defence network), how to incorporate them into the performance agreement and a variety of resources (accessible only on the National Defence network) that managers can leverage throughout the year in support of a higher performing team.

Hybrid and distributed workforce

As we move towards a hybrid and distributed workforce, employee engagement, well-being and performance remain a priority. The time invested in developing and discussing performance agreements (PA), learning and development plans and other relevant sections of the PA with each employee will help ensure a quality work environment, where everyone contributes to the needs of the organization and for their personal development. It is also an opportunity to consider and discuss each employee’s role within the team, and how a hybrid and distributed workforce will impact their work, communications, expectations, norms, etc.


Managers and employees are expected to have completed their beginning of the year discussions and documented them in the PSPM application (accessible only on the National Defence network) by May 31, 2022.

At the beginning of a performance management cycle, managers are recommended to follow the principles below:


For all your HR-related questions, please contact the HR Connect RH team at 1-833-RHR-MDND (1-833-747-6363).

Thank you for your continued support.

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