Performance management engages employees in their work, boosts their everyday productivity and drives them to achieve their goals.When implemented correctly, performance management is the perfect tool for motivating and empowering employees. The first step to effective performance management is to understand what it is and how it works. In his Handbook of Performance Management, Michael Armstrong notes that effective performance management is a continuous process. This means that companies should be lessening the focus on their quarterly or even annual performance reviews and looking to ensure that performance management is taking place all of the time. Follow these four principles to improve performance management in your workplace: 1. Plan to succeed Planning should be the first priority for performance management. Without a plan, your employees will lack the direction they need to make improvements. The best way to improve performance is to set both individual and team goals, and these should be aligned with the long-term goals and overall vision of your business. Using SMART objectives that are specific to each individual within your business and creating a personal development plan for employees which factors in what each employee needs to learn or develop in order to achieve their goals are two steps which cannot be skipped. Read more tips on improving performance in your business:
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