There are a number of essential tools and features that must be present in any online Performance Management offering in order to enable a seamless and positive Performance Review experience for everyone.
An absolute number one is the need for simplicity. Keeping the software straightforward, clean and uncomplicated is essential to adoption and ongoing engagement / usage. An uncluttered User Interface that allows for easy navigation and ease of control will undoubtedly keep Users motivated and engaged over time.
Next, a truly powerful performance management software offers flexibility to manage and measure the spectrum of evaluation needs that a variety of employees require inside each organization. For example, some employees’ roles only require their performance to be measured by Goals while others only utilize Competencies (some, include both). Different rating systems may also apply to these performance metrics. Having the freedom to configure and apply the appropriate metrics and measurement systems to any given Review type in an organization is critical.
Flexibility needn’t stop with Review templates. The freedom to manage your own content and even feature control is well within the capabilities of online software providers. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to rely upon them to modify content (and therefore pay extra).
Equally important are tools that facilitate regular, ongoing touch points of communication between the leader and their direct report(s). Daily or weekly feedback at minimum is critical to maintain clarity of direction and to promote an open dialogue. Real-time feedback on performance is essential because no one wants to hear that they should have done something differently months after the fact. That’s why having the tools to instantly provide direction, course correction and insight to performance is so important.
A very common and requested necessity is the ability for the application to integrate with other platforms. The Application Program Interface (API) is an essential tool that enables connectivity and management of flow of data between systems. It’s pretty standard and usually requires a modest added fee that is supported by a Developer’s script. It will save you a ton of time and duplication of data transfer / entry.
Reporting capabilities within your application should be a standard offering. They should offer up the basics in the key data points you require along with sorting filters. For example: “Performance Review Status” (provides a snapshot of various stages and sorted by Organization-wide, Team, Leader or Division and even individual. You will need basic reports to not only understand and track activities but to pull and study over time, analytics.
Last but certainly not least, is security. All kinds of options exist here ranging from where your provider hosts their servers to the offering of security measures such as Single Sign-On (SSO) or TFA (Two Factor Authentication). Without getting into the technical aspects of these modules, they do provide extra layers of security and minimize / prevent password tampering.
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✓ Simplicity – User Friendly & Clear
✓ Flexibility / Customization – Access Performance Review Templates & Feature Control
✓ Content Management – Manage Branding & Company-specific Terminology
✓ Feedback Tools – Utilize Tools like Continuous Feedback, Check-In Meetings
✓ Application Program Interface (API) – Save hours of time in data transfer & management
✓ Reporting & Analytics – Access aggregate data and track performance progress instantly
✓ Security – Best practice data protection with state of the art server centres