Performance evaluations are usually perceived as analyzing how an employee has ‘faired’ over the last year. Most performance management systems focus on a yearend appraisal process where each employee is assessed against the set of predetermined goals. However this is not a sustainable approach as it focuses on judging employees and dwelling in the past. Successful organizations focus primarily on creating strategic plans for the future rather than only on the past. A classic approach to performance management is to ensure that you analyze the past performance – not to be critical about it, but to ensure that it has a positive impact on the future of your organization.
This is exactly why most of the organizations are moving towards a ‘continuous’ performance management system. This helps managers keep a track of the performance levels of each of the employees and ensures that they are on track. Continuous feedback gives employees the opportunity to correct before it’s too late. Furthermore, managers can offer relevant coaching if the performance is not up to the mark.
Moving on to a system where performance reviews focus on the future rather than the past:
Above all, this approach greatly impacts the overall performance of the organization and aligns each employee’s goals to the success of the organization. Well, it also creates a positive environment where employees do not feel ‘judged’ – but feel that their contributions (however large or small) are valued.
Well, moving the focus from the deeds of the past to the opportunities in the future sets a positive note to begin the new appraisal cycle and creates an overall great work culture too.