Three Tips for More Effective Performance Management
When you’re going on a trip, the most important thing to do to reach your destination is to plan ahead. Effective performance management is much like planning a trip. You must provide employees with a clear path to get them from point A to point B, and give them the tools they need to help them reach their destination. Providing an employee with clear goals and expectations, giving a meaningful performance review, recognizing an employee’s contributions and utilizing performance management software to streamline the process can turn a below average employee into one that meets and exceeds expectations.
Provide Clear Goals and Expectations
Meaningful Performance Reviews
A better system is one that’s similar to athletic coaching. Management should coach an employee throughout the review period, letting them know if they are meeting goals, and advising them on areas of improvement. They should provide a game plan for an employee to follow and strategies and training to help them improve. Communication is an integral part of performance management and the results of a performance review should never be a surprise to an employee. Work during the upcoming review period should never be decided on by management without first discussing it with the employee. This could lead to a lack of buy-in and decreased morale. It’s important to consistently follow-up on the employee’s progress throughout the review period.
Utilizing Performance Management Software
It also allows employees and management to set notification alerts to keep tasks on track--a virtual to-do list that ensures nothing gets overlooked. Utilizing performance management software to communicate with employees and track performance encourages accountability and increases performance. It helps with the review process by ensuring all information is available to both management and employees and helps with HR decisions, such as training, development and compensation.
Taleo’s performance management system uses talent intelligence to drive better business results and retain top performers by transforming the typical performance review process into a continuous dialogue between managers and employees. It integrates with desktop productivity tools which enables employees and managers to provide regular and timely updates and feedback. Continuous employee performance evaluation conversations ensure that employees are being regularly assessed and coached rather than just automating the annual performance review process.