Employee performance management can be viewed from different angles. So, EPM is performance management in relation to employee motivation. In order to understand the relationship of them, you first need to define performance management.
Employee performance management in its simplest form builds success and improvement for everyone. This process works the best when it starts at the top of an organisation and trickles down. In reality, upper management may support the idea, but don’t always follow the process.
This doesn’t mean that an organisation can’t build success and improvement for everyone. It’s even more critical for midlevel managers and employees to work together in the communication process. They must identify barriers and find ways to work around those barriers.
Communications skills play a key role in the success of employee performance management. Good communication skills allow leaders to lay the groundwork for simple employee motivation in the workplace. So here is another opportunity to motivate employees with successful employee management performance.
Having the ability to be an effective communicator will help you identify and resolve communication issues. Understanding these concerns will improve your ability to tackle the performance management process.
Author Robert Bacal has a philosophy on employee performance management.
“Be forward looking. No blame. Problem solved. Hold ongoing communication. No surprises. Forms are trivial and unimportant to the real purpose. All barriers need to be considered, not just employee-based factors.”
The changes in the tradtional review process are being considered due to the fact that many businesses view current ratings and rankings as lacking. Tradtional reviews are based on specific measurable objectives. Measurable objectives like work flow and productivity should weigh less. With more importance put on finding ways to perform better, improve job difficulties and what could be done to improve productivity.
Summed up, you are still doing an employee performance improvement plan or employee development plan. There is just more emphasis on organisationl goals then personel measurable specfic objectives. The same result just a different process to get there.
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Expectations of Employee Performance Management
Peoplestreme.com provides five postive outcomes of performance management that I support.
1. improved communications- With the opportunity of muiltiple meetings throughout the year. There is zero chance for communication not to imporve.
2. everyone knows the rules- there are no surprises and everyone is on the same page. They understand what is expected of them and how they will get there.
3.Stress reduction- when good communcication exists there is reduction in stress.
4. Relevance for all- Everyone is part of the team and they feel like a team.
5. Employee learning and development starts to happen- This outcome is the result of the employee development plan, Employee Motivation also becomes simple for leaders when employees see that you care.
Follow this five step process for successful employee performance management. Use the first three steps throughout the year in your short meetings. Keep in mind steps three and four throughout the year. The last two steps are for annual employee appraisals.
1. Planning Process
Leaders use this to planout employee development plan with the understanding that it will be adjusted.
2. Monitoring Process
The day to day process of observation and progress review. There is employee tracking software that can help with this.
3. Developing Performance
This step will result from sit downs throughout the year. Feedback from both the manager and employee will help in employee performance improvement plan.
Use measurable specfic objectives in comparision to organisational goals to arrive at ratings.
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Determine reawrds such as raises, bounses or promotion opportunitys. Many rewards are based on what an organization feels fair and willing to pay.
Employee Perfomance Management provide the opportunity to build good commmunication and increased employee motivation. Follow the steps and ideas above and everyone will succeed.