There can be few employees or managers who are surprised that the annual appraisal approach is itself under review. Business objectives change throughout the year, and employees need to adapt to new goals and new directions.
The move towards what is known as Continuous Performance Management is long overdue - and its principles are being adopted by companies large and small.
But what is Continuous Performance Management?
- Owned by individuals and line managers (and not by HR)
- Easy to use
- Deals with current performance
- Focuses on the next steps to progress objectives
- Provides more regular, meaningful and constructive feedback
- Typically supported and enabled by technology
- Managers and team members get to monitor the progress of objectives and goals and can take action when needed should things go off track.
- Real-time feedback and coaching can be given rather than waiting for the end of the year!
- Longer-term objectives can be broken down into more near-term goals.
Making the move towards a slicker, more agile, personalised and informal approach.
There have been numerous, well-publicised examples of large organisations moving away from the annual review; Adobe, Deloitte, Gap and so on. But Continuous Performance Management is not the domain of the large corporate.
At Head Light we're also working with far smaller-sized businesses to help them get the benefit of this more continuous approach.
You can read about how the UK operation of the Munoz Group in the UK have implement continuous performance management and have witnessed stronger individual engagement with objectives.
When you are ready to work through how you can shift your annual appraisal approach, then work through our online Guide.