The goal of any successful manager is to retain the superior performers and convince the rest to leave. Lamentably, the demands on most managers’ energies leave little time to accomplish this task. More problematic, by far, is that the situation is self-reinforcing. The less time that a manager can devote to employee development, the more time is spent on fulfilling duties best left to subordinates and the cycle repeats with a concomitant loss of productivity and money.
Fortunately an easily implemented and highly effective solution exists, performance management software. With a minimum of effort, this software tracks, prompts and archives all manner of employee performance activities.
Greater Employee Retention
As with all individuals, your excellent employees are ultimately concerned with their performance and their advancement. Not paying enough attention to the timely and accurate appraisal of these best employees weakens morale and ultimately leads to a lower retention rate. The simple expedient of performance management software will track and prompt managers to comply with company policy in regards to all performance appraisal activities. This process will yield immediate cost saving through reduced turnover, higher customer satisfaction and lowered training costs.
Similarly, the negligence paid to appropriate counseling statements and performance warnings unduly lengthens the termination process. In addition, failure to completely and thoroughly follow company policy in regards to these procedures may lead to unnecessary unemployment benefits or even unmerited lawsuits. These costs can be more easily be avoided with the implementation of performance management software.
Less Legal Wrangling
The mention of lawsuits brings cries of terror to most HR administrators as record keeping at the unit level is notoriously poor. Good performance management ameliorates this situation to large degree by informing upper management and the HR department when proper procedures are not being followed. It is much simpler to proactively correct a problem than to fix after a law suit has been filed.
The End Result
Employee performance management is a tool that must be adequately and competently implemented to yield results. Nevertheless, the accountability engendered by this software is an important initial step in enforcing company policies and government regulations that so often plague inefficient companies.
The results may not be immediate but they will be significant in the long term as superior employees replace deficient ones and customer service and efficiency improves. Performance management software can kick start a revolution in your company.