Job Success Factors

Job Success Factors comprise a common set of performance measurements that are used City-wide to assess employee performance. The City of Minneapolis has established six Job Success Factors. 

  1. Customer Focus: Meets the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customer in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  1. Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job.
  1. Quality of Work: Quality of goods and services produced in terms of errors, waste and rework required to meet standards.
  1. Productive Work Habits: The extent to which overall work style is effective and productive in terms of time management, setting objectives and priorities, and following up on commitments across a variety of work challenges.
  1. Peer Relationships: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
  1. Self-Knowledge: Knows personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits; seeks feedback; gains insights from mistakes; is open to performance feedback; is not defensive; is receptive to talking about shortcomings; looks forward to balanced performance reviews and career discussions.

Each Factor represents a key aspect of how performance is achieved. An employee work expectation describes what is to be achieved; a Job Success Factor indicates how results are achieved.

How Were the Job Success Factors Selected?

The Job Success Factors are part of the Lominger Competency Library.  In 2012, a City team proposed about a dozen Success Factors they felt represented the work we do at the City. From this list, six Department Heads who comprise the Performance Management Executive Steering Committee then selected and approved six Job Success Factors.

How are Job Success Factors Evaluated?

Performance for each Success Factor is appraised at one of four levels:


Employee frequently demonstrates exemplary performance that far exceeds requirements in this Job Success Factor. The employee makes a unique contribution that has a significant and positive impact on the success of the unit, division, department, or City. Performance is of a rare quality found only in a small percentage of people within the organization.


Performance in this Job Success Factor consistently exceeds expectations in all areas of responsibility. The employee frequently goes above and beyond what is required. The employee frequently models this Job Success Factor.


Employee consistently demonstrates solid performance in this Job Success Factor. Employee generally meets and sometimes exceeds expectations in all areas of responsibility. Fully acceptable performance.

Does not meet

Performance in this Job Success Factor does not consistently meet requirements. Immediate improvement is required.

See the Job Success Factors - Ratings Guide for descriptions of behaviors at each of the four levels.

Job Success Factors (Department Specific)

Some departments have additional Job Success Factors. The rating guides are provided below.

311 - Leadership

City Clerk

Convention Center - Directors

Convention Center - Managers

Convention Center - Supervisors

Convention Center - Individual Contributors



Last updated Jul 23, 2014