How To Manage Employee Performance Effectively
Ensuring that your employees are working at peak efficiency and productivity is a tall order for most companies. While managing employee performance is an essential function of any Human Resources (HR) department, many HR professionals have a difficult time figuring out where to start. It’s important to keep your employee performance plan simple and maintain a work environment that encourages high productivity without burnout.
Employer Support Services – ESS is dedicated to helping companies and their HR departments manage employee performance efficiently. Our HR experts help companies develop performance management plans, whether they need new plans or to improve existing ones. Contact the expert employee performance managing team at ESS today to get started.
Managing Employee Performance – Our 4 Tips
# 1. Utilize Communication Tools
Having a culture of open communication in the workplace is a fantastic way to manage employee performance. Utilizing performance management technology allows you and your supervisors to maintain an open dialogue with employees. Employees can’t improve if they aren’t made aware of the areas in which you would like to see improvement. Managing employee performance with an open channel of communication helps employees keep tabs on their performance and focus on improving aspects that may be lacking.
ESS offers powerful employee performance management systems that seamlessly integrate with your employee portal experience. Contact our team at 225-364-3000 to find out more about managing employee performance with our tools and platforms.
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#2. Continuous Coaching & Feedback
Many companies fail in a key factor of managing employee performance – providing continuous coaching and feedback. Performance reviews should not be limited to annual reviews.
Instead, supervisors should meet with their employees as often as feasibly possible to discuss work, any productivity tips, and how the employee can improve. These weekly or monthly meetings should be used as coaching sessions with actionable advice to support strengths and improve weaknesses. Don’t simply point out the shortfalls of an employee.
#3. Company, Departmental, & Individual Objectives
You can only effectively manage employee performance when employees understand their role and how their work affects others. Ensuring your employees understand where their individual and departmental goals line up with the company’s overall strategy helps them understand how their work advances the company.
Plan your objectives and outline them with each department and employee so everyone understands their role and how it moves the company forward. If your employees understand their roles, they can easily identify when they are meeting expectations or falling short.
#4. Clearly Defined Performance Standards
The biggest key in managing employee performance effectively is setting clearly defined goals and key performance indicators (KPIs). Without clearly communicated and defined KPIs and goals, employees – and their supervisors – cannot accurately judge performance.
Management and supervisors must communicate expectations and manage employee performance based on these set expectations. Using KPIs allows employees to self-manage their performance and improve in between coaching sessions and annual performance reviews.
If your company needs help crafting a custom employee performance management plan or improving an existing one, contact ESS today. Our dedicated team of HR professionals and experts are waiting and ready to help your company thrive. Call our offices today at (225) 364-3000.