Improving Employee Performance – Best Practices

July 6th, 2017

Improving employee performance is now much more than enforcing your employees to clock in and out. It has become the secret to achieving greater organisational success. High employee performance is synonymous with increased profitability, reduced operational costs and improved efficiency.

To effectively drive and increase employee performance, a series of processes should be put in place to measure and reward the ability of your workforce to meet and exceed organisational goals; this is known as performance management.

Performance management is too important for organisations not to get right. It should be embedded within organisations to serve as a tool to drive productivity, engagement and compliance. It will also help to assess how employees are performing on their jobs, align individual goals to overall organisational goals, and keep employees satisfied so as to retain them.

As important as performance management is to improved employee performance, fewer than 26% of organisations have enterprise-wide performance management systems, according to a research done by Bersin and Associates.

With years of research and experience in this field, we have identified 5 best practices in performance management and they are:

  1. Goal Management
  2. Performance Reviews
  3. Access and Administration
  4. Compensation
  5. Reporting and Analysis

 

Goal Management

To ensure that your employees are performing at the highest levels, there is the need to ensure that they are working on the right goals. Below are five steps to effective goal management:

  1. Define Business Strategy
  2. Establish Quantitative and Qualitative Employee Goals
  3. Define Employee Expectations
  4. Align Employee Goals to Broader Organisational Objectives
  5. Communicate Shifting Priorities

 

Performance Reviews

Performance review should be automated and integrated with individual and organisational goals to improve employee performance. The following steps can help ease off the once dreaded annual exercise to become a proactive process that ensures everyone in the organisation is on the same page.

  1. Provide Continuous Feedback
  2. Ensure Performance Review Compliance
  3. Reduce Exposure

 

Access and Administration

A critical key to ensuring that the performance management strategy is effective not only includes automation, but also easy access to information. By taking the following steps organisations will be able to provide employees easy access to information. In addition, administration of performance management processes should be driven by best practice workflows that guide everyone through each step.

  1. Create an employee portal
  2. Gain Easy Access to Employee Records
  3. Customize Workflows to Your Specific Needs

 

Compensation

Once performance data is in place, such data can be used to assign compensation cycles that fit the budget and meet the guidelines for merit and bonus allocation. The following steps will enable organisations to develop a pay-for-performance strategy to reward employees for meeting key objectives, and reap the benefits of reduced turnover, reduced costs, and sustained competitive advantage.

  1. Allocate Cycles to Fit Your Organisation
  2. Plan Effectively For Increased Efficiency
  3. Gain Control and Oversight
  4. Retain Your Best Employees

 

Reporting and Analysis

A good performance management solution provides the ability to capture and report metrics. Organisations can view key performance and compensation metrics through intuitive graphs, tabular data, and custom reports. This Talent Intelligence enables organisations to:

 

  1. Drive immediate action by aligning talent management processes with business objectives.
  2. Gain visibility into your workforce and put the right people, with the right skills, on projects that drive business objectives.
  3. Improve the quality of hire by identifying your top performers, where they came from, and their tenure.
  4. Ensure future success by building a strong leadership pipeline.

 

When effectively implemented, these performance management best practices result in a wide range of benefits for employees, managers and organisations.

With the right framework and tools to effectively measure employee performance. Workforce Advisory remains one of the most sought after consulting firms in the country. Talk to us today.

 

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