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How to Manage Employee Performance

Struggling with how to manage employee performance in your organization? The workplace has evolved and the strategies that worked in the past are no longer effective. To help your employees achieve individual and organizational goals, you need a new strategy – a strategy based on a real-time employee performance management approach.

Employee performance and the changing workplace

Traditional performance management strategies were designed for a different workplace than the one today. In the past, employees often performed the same set of activities every day and didn’t have to interact with colleagues to achieve their goals. Annual performance reviews made sense because employees were simply evaluated on the volume or quality of work they produced individually.

But today’s workplace is much more collaborative. Workflows are more fluid and employees frequently perform a variety of functions across the organization. As a result, employees are asked to play a larger role in managing their performance. In this environment, annual performance reviews don’t make sense because employees must be able to set and adjust their goals on a more continuous basis.

To meet the demands of the current workplace, HR teams need employee performance solutions that align with the needs of employees and help supervisors manage in a more effective way.

How to manage employee performance

Forward-thinking HR teams are discovering the benefits of a real-time employee performance management strategy. Instead of relying on a static, annual review process, continuous performance management gives your organization a framework designed for a workplace with collaborative and fluid work routines.

Here’s how to manage employee performance using this approach:

  1. Give employees control over goal-setting.Research has shown that employees are more likely to achieve goals they set for themselves. Agile employee performance management strategies let employees establish goals that are important to them as well as the organization.
  2. Transition to continuous coaching.
    Continuous coaching creates a better performance management experience for employees and managers. Frequent check-ins provide employees with the support they need to achieve and course-correct their goals. Managers enjoy greater visibility to employee progress, making it easier for them to hold employees accountable and recognize them for work done well.
  3. Enable employees to solicit multi-directional feedback. Continuous feedback fuels performance improvement. By enabling employees to solicit real-time feedback from colleagues, customers and partners, both employees and managers receive useful information for improving performance.

Better employee performance management with HighGround

HighGround provides a comprehensive engagement and agile performance management platform that helps HR teams learn how to manage employee performance in more powerful ways. Designed for today’s workplace, our platform fosters end-to-end engagement and performance management, creating better experiences for employees and better outcomes for the organization.

Want to know more? Download our whitepaper, “Beyond the Annual Review” to the right and learn how to transform employee performance management in your business.