Human capital is the driving force behind any organization’s success, but as time rolls by, the same challenges remain. How do you trigger your employee performance and productivity growth?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Still, we’ll take up the gauntlet and tackle the subject.
Increased penetration of information technologies into the workplace has fostered significant productivity gains. But it has also brought challenges that reflect in higher demands imposed on the modern workforce.
In a world of accelerated workplace changes, you need to stay on the ball in order to keep up. This article teaches struggling managers how to improve employee performance in 2019.
Below are four simple steps that will help you stay ahead in 2019 and beyond.
Step #1: Zero In on Your Employee Experience
Overlooking employee experience is one of the biggest issues facing all companies. Those who learn about this last will learn it the hard way. This is what Jacob Morgan meant when he said:
“In a world where money is no longer the primary motivating factor for employees, focusing on the employee experience is the most promising competitive advantage that organizations can create.”
But we also have some hard data to support this claim. Morgan achieved a breakthrough during his research. Namely, businesses that invest in the employee experience are four times more profitable than those that don’t.
But what do we mean when we say employee experience, and where exactly should you invest? Think of it this way. It’s similar to the way you think about your customer’s journey with your company.
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It’s about improving the interactions a typical employee has with your organization.
This means you want to zero in on the following factors:
- corporate culture
- physical workplace
- HR policies
Yet, improving on what you can’t measure is not exactly what you’d call a viable strategy. So, what do you do? Downright simple: You ask your employees for feedback.
You include the factors above in your engagement survey questions and send them out to your team.
World Manager LMS software can help you create online climate surveys in a fuss-free way and deliver them to your team no matter the location.
World Manager also offers you a set of powerful online HR tools. Tools that will increase your optics into employee experience, engagement, and satisfaction.
Step #2: Try a New Approach to Employee Performance Management
One can never overestimate the role of effective performance management. However, the knowledge of making it effective is hard to come by.
How do you make the most of performance evaluation if your employees loathe it? Worse than that, how can you change this fact if the cause for this is deeply ingrained in human nature?
We’ll explain. The reason people see performance evaluation negatively is because of the “flight or fight” response.
Researchers found most people react to criticism (even if it’s well-meant) as they would to a physical threat. Certain chemical reactions are triggered that divert people from thinking to action.
And you want your team to reflect on the feedback so they level up their performance, right?
Now get this: Research shows that giving feedback is stressful for both employees and managers.
You can breathe a sigh of relief, though, because there’s a way to untie the Gordian knot.
All you have to do is flip around the concept of giving feedback.
According to the NeuroLeadership Institute, everyone should be encouraged to ASK for feedback. Instead of only giving it. That’s how you’ll be able to make your performance assessments much less stressful for everyone.According to the NeuroLeadership Institute, everyone should be encouraged to ASK for feedback. Instead of only giving it. That’s how you’ll be able to make your performance assessments much less stressful for everyone. Click To Tweet
Make your conversational culture positive. Whether you’re conversing about performance assessments, goal setting, or career development, the new approach will bear fruit before the ink is dry.
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Step #3: Leverage Micro-Learning for Improved Motivation and Performance
A good professional development program will not only increase your employee work performance, but it will also give your team a sense of shared investment in the company.
Which will, in turn, contribute to strong company culture in your organization, and create a domino effect that gets your team to evolve into a team of high performers.
But how can you make your training effective enough that it resonates with your team?
Top industries are adopting micro-learning, and so should you if you haven’t already.
“Whether it’s the value-for-dollar investment, level of retention, timeliness for the need of the learner, or streamlined management process, micro-learning is quickly emerging as the smartest means of giving your team the information they need to do their jobs. Less really is more!” – Ben Muzzel
Micro-learning is a learning format that delivers content in ‘bite-sized’ learning chunks. The content is delivered in short units, in an easy-to-digest format. The result is improved:
- knowledge retention
- learning engagement
Micro-learning is also mobile-optimized, making it a favorite learning method for mobile learners.
Content is created in learner-centered, interactive formats, such as:
- educational games
Want your employees to keep adding to their skillset in a way that suits a modern workplace?
Want to make micro-learning a reality for your organization?
World Manager is an advanced learning management software (LMS) that can do that for you. And it already does it for some of the world’s biggest brands that trust our product. Learn more about our LMS.
Step #4: Use Bleeding Edge Technology to Track Employee Performance
Remember we said how performance reviews are stressors for both managers and employees?
That’s exactly why companies are moving away from the classic “competitive evaluation” model while embracing a new “coaching and development” model that’s based on a growth mindset.
Importantly, this model has changed the way managers:
- set goals
- track progress
- manage people
Luckily for everyone involved, new online performance management tools emerged in parallel. They’re taking employee performance metrics to an entirely different level, enabling you to:
- Create development plans that help you align employee goals to company targets.
- Deliver online employee performance appraisals.
- Work with your team on setting and measuring employee performance objectives.
- Give real-time employee feedback.
World Manager gives you all the tools you need to effectively lead your team to where you want them to be: the forefront of your industry. It enables you to:
- Translate your old performance appraisal forms into online ready-to-use forms.
- Receive automated reporting on your employee performance.
- Get detailed statistics on employee feedback, and much more.
Start Improving Your Employee Performance Today
Improving employee performance doesn’t have to be that big of a challenge. That is if you know where to spearhead your employee performance management strategy.
So, if you still want to try something new in 2019, the four simple steps above will get you off to a good start. Your company growth is strongly impacted by your human capital, and now you have the keys to unleash their potential so they contribute their best to your company goals.
It’s time for action. Take advantage of what World Manager has to offer you today. It goes beyond just a performance management tool. It’s a neat bundle of HR, training and compliance tools that will simplify your human capital management, unlike anything you’ve seen before.