Choosing the Right Performance Management System

Dr. Ryan Giffen

If you are looking for a better way to keep your employees engaged in their tasks, a performance management system can help. A performance management software program helps business owners organize data about their employees. It keeps up with each worker’s performance data. And also automates the appraisal process to help you create a resourceful employee performance review. This tool is beneficial to company owners. That's because it allows them to remain focused on their worker’s development. It also helps with managing employees' engagement with projects. 

What is Performance Management Software? 

This software can help company owners understand the productivity and performance of workers. Company leaders can track and analyze their workers and make sure they meet their goals. The software also allows users to address trending issues before they become a bigger problem. Data received informs company owners of hiring decisions, compensation details, and career trajectory. It also assists in reaching company goals in relation to human capital management. 

Steps for Choosing the Best System for Performance Management 

Choosing the right type of performance management software is the key to achieving great results in the workplace. Here are a few tips on how to find the best software for the job. 

Where is your Current Process Lacking?

Ask yourself why you need an employee performance system. Take a moment to address the issues you currently face. Do you have problems with managing employee engagement activities? Are organizing and completing administrative tasks more of an issue? Make a list of all your current problems you want to resolve. Then find a software program that can help with those areas. You can also check your current systems and write down what you like and dislike about it. This can also help you find the best solution for your performance management problem. 

What Goals Do You Want to Achieve? 

First, compile a list of your current performance management strengths and weaknesses. Then you should consider your objectives. Like most companies, you want to overcome your weaknesses and reach goals successfully. But if you can go a little farther to determine the specific goals you wish to achieve; this can help you narrow down your choices even more. 

Determine Which Features You Must Have and Which You Can Live Without 

Every business has different performance management goals. Your new software should have features that will contribute to your success the most. If you need a way to keep up with company goals or issues that you should address, you will want to find a system that focuses on those areas. 

Do You Need Performance Management Software? 

You may want to consider a new performance management system if any of the following applies to your company. 

  • Workers complain often about the current performance system or process. 
  • Your human resources team spends too much time organizing performance paperwork. 
  • Your current performance management process is all manual and very time-consuming.
  • You are experiencing minimal employee engagement or turnover rates that are too high. 
  • There are too many employees at your company who miss their deadlines or do not meet their goals. 
  • You have concerns that the current performance management process you are using leaves a lot of room for risks and mistakes. 

About Dr. Ryan Giffen

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like. Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he continues to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness. Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another.  Lastly, Dr. Giffen is producer and host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast. a show helping everyday employees overcome workplace nonsense.