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Companies often ask why is a performance management system required in their company? what is so special about a performance review? is it really essential for us to review the performance of the employees?

EQUIP THEM TO DO BETTER

Successful companies themselves invent the recipe for success. However, in all cases, this recipe is based on some techniques adapted to the context of the organization and especially on a mindset that promotes the values at the base of human growth.

MEASURE THE RIGHT THINGS

Management variables that affect the performance of a company requires the establishment of clear objectives, the implementation of workflow logic and monitoring of clear performance indicators in terms of both tangible assets (financial capital and customers) that intangible assets (organizational and people skills)

IMPROVE

To improve is to take the time to identify the cause of performance problems and to use all the creativity of those who can overcome these difficulties. This is possible by the constitution, training, facilitation and group management teams to improve integrated natural work.

WORKING TOGETHER

Measure performance and identify the causes of performance problems is not enough. You have to be able to mobilize all employees in line with results. The implementation of a communications structure and decision-making that ensures the responsible involvement of all employees to achieve the objectives of the company remains the most important ingredient to ensure the performance of an organization in time.

PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PROGRAMS

THEY ARE SIMPLE

There are many programs to improve the performance of an organization, each focusing on one important function of the company. This diversity encourages the dispersion of internal resources. The integration of these programs into a single approach should be the special attention of management to focus efforts on the most competent people in the organization where it counts.

THEY ARE INTEGRATED

An effective program of performance management is integrated into the normal management operations of each team and this, senior management teams of early levels.

THEIR SUCCESS IS IN THE QUALITY OF MONITORING

Knowledge alone does not change behaviour. The success of management performance is the quality of monitoring activities supported by senior management

Performance Management

In general, employees’ performance is managed in organizations which vary from one organization to another as formal or informal policy. Performance management is an activity that must get employees to deploy the necessary energies to the achievement of corporate goals, by linking individual performance criteria and strategic objectives. The performance management is also intended to implement activities that are planning, monitoring and evaluating performance.

“I am in a lie hurry man, I will definitely Facebook you about the weekend plan”, “hey, long time, let’s catch up on Facebook, ok”, “what you mean I didn’t inform you about my new house? Didn’t you check my tweets?” Sounds familiar? I know it does. How about tweeting in the middle of the class, or checking emails during meetings, or texting at funerals? That too sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

We are constantly communicating through social media. We are engaged in it to the core. This communication and engagement are definitely making our lives smarter and faster. But as they say, every good thing comes with a price tag and all this is coming at the sacrifice of real conversation, the personal touch, real feelings and real people! As MIT professor Sherry Turkle mentioned during her TEDTalk recently, “technology is taking us places we don’t want to go.”  And she thinks that will have some serious consequences for our relationships, our self-perceptions, and our emotions.

Gone are the days when our parents and education used to decide who we are, what we do and how we behave.  Now the little devices in our pockets are so psychologically powerful that they don’t even change what we do, they change who we are, how we react to things in life.

When was the last time you had a long conversation with your best buddy at your favorite coffee shop? When was the last time you and your little sister had a pillow fight which actually started with a nice little conversation about “curtain color: pink vs. blue”? When was the last time you wished your mom a happy birthday with a warm hug and a day spent together? And when was the last time you had tears in your eyes to see your entire family standing right in front of you to celebrate your success?

“Time has changed, life has become hectic, we don’t have time for this” is this the answer to the questions I asked? But we do have time for changing our Facebook profile picture every other day. We do have time for tweeting about anything and everything in this world and we do have time for Siri!!

If we try to look at all this from a different perspective, we will be able to understand the root cause of this. A face-to-face conversation takes place in real time and you can’t control what you’re going to say. Whereas when we text, email or post to a social networking site, we’re able to project ourselves as we want to be seen. We get to edit, we get to delete, and that means we get to retouch. With our phones at our constant disposal, we are only paying attention to the things we want to pay attention to. And that leaves us increasingly disconnected from our friends, family, and co-workers. We are expecting more from technology and less from each other. In the long run, as Sherry Turkle says it, technology is ultimately headed towards creating a Siri-like program that can offer “companionship without the demands of friendship.”

Human relationships are rich, and they are fuzzy and they are demanding. And we clean them up with technology. We sacrifice conversation for mere connection. These days people wish for an advanced version of Siri that will be a friend who will listen when others won’t. The feeling that no one is listening makes us want to spend time with our technology, Facebook pages, robots and others. Have we so lost confidence that we will be there for each other?

Social media is changing how people think of themselves; it’s shaping a new way of being… I am never alone, I am always heard, and I have attention everywhere. Turkle believes we need to cultivate a capacity for solitude. ”If we are not able to be alone, we are going to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they are going to be lonelier.” There is still time to reconsider how we build and use our digital tools, to build a more self-aware relationship with them, and with ourselves.

She has suggestions for how to make room for solitude.

1) Teach it as a value for your children

2) Make spaces, such as the kitchen, to be alone.

3) Listen to each other, including to the boring bits. When we stumble or hesitate or lose our words, we reveal ourselves to each other.

She is optimistic that we can do this, but we need to recognize complication, and that we are vulnerable to the allure of false promises of simplicity. Let’s think about how we can use digital technology to make this life the life we can love.

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