How to transparently set (performance and conduct) expectations

May 19, 2022
12 - 1:30 p.m.


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Module 3 - How to transparently set (performance and conduct) expectations

Gallup’s national State of the American Worker poll notes that half of all workers do not know what is expected of them. We discuss the challenges – the impossibility, actually – of setting all performance and behavioral expectations at the beginning of someone’s tenure, and the strategies that successful research mentors/managers use to set and manage those expectations over time.

Participants will 1) identify which key expectations need to be set immediately to preserve their own productivity, 2) define and articulate expectations to team members, 3) overcome common challenges in setting expectations, including when mentoring/supervising individuals who are more experienced than themselves or have a strongly held ‘operating system’/way of doing things, and 4) consider criteria to determine if they’ve set an expectation effectively. 


Naledi Saul - Director, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and Interim Chief of Staff, SAA/Graduate Division and PI for the NSF ATE collaborative grant: A Collaborative Approach to Work-Based Learning in Biotechnology: Building Inclusive Lab Environments (DUE #2055735)


  • Live virtual workshop
  • Group work
  • Individual work

This program is part of the Inclusive Research Mentor Course (TRAIN-UP).

Inclusive Research Mentor/Manager Course - Spring 2022 Dates and Times

Module 1 - Are you ready to be an inclusive research mentor/manager? How good people unintentionally build inequitable work environments
Thursday May 12, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 2 - Effectively supervising people who aren't you: Managing different workstyles
Tuesday May 17, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 3 - How to transparently set (performance and conduct) expectations
Thursday May 19, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 4 - Teach/train and delegate: Using best practices to train your diverse team
Tuesday May 24, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 5 - Communicating inclusively: Developing your own feedback strategy and style
Thursday May 26, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 6 - When someone isn't meeting your expectations: Strategies and resources to manage performance equitably
Tuesday May 31, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Module 7 - How to inclusively hire: Which strategies will you use?
Thursday June 2, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

A note about our virtual events: We would like to welcome you, as and where you are, to our virtual events. If there are times you just don’t want to be on camera, feel free to attend this event with your camera and mic off. If you prefer to switch on your camera and participate that’s great too. And if this event just won’t work for you please remember you can always make an appointment with us at any time. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.