Clear Review has joined Advanced - Discover our full suite of powerful and innovative people management solutions

Find out more
Back to blog

Share the Love with Your Performance Management System This Valentine’s

Valentine cafe latte on a wooden desktop with laptop and glasses.

Our Clear Review team is here to show you how to adapt your per­for­mance man­age­ment sys­tem to express your admi­ra­tion and appre­ci­a­tion this Valentine’s Day!

Despite the ever-flex­i­ble nature of the work­place, most of us still spend eight hours a day at work, five days a week. If we are engaged employ­ees, we com­mit our­selves to our goals, our roles and our com­pa­nies. That’s a sub­stan­tial rela­tion­ship by anyone’s standards.

Like any rela­tion­ship, the ded­i­ca­tion and effort need to work both ways. Rather than tak­ing your employ­ees for grant­ed, there are ways of using your per­for­mance man­age­ment sys­tem to encour­age your employ­ees and to show them you’re all on the same team. Fol­low our tips and tricks below and you’ll be reward­ed by faith­ful, loy­al employ­ees who will put in that extra mile for the years to come.

Be clear on com­pa­ny direc­tion, pri­or­i­ties and values

No rela­tion­ship is going to suc­ceed if it doesn’t have a sol­id foun­da­tion. Every­one involved needs to have a good under­stand­ing of where things are going and what is impor­tant in the rela­tion­ship. For an organ­i­sa­tion, this all comes down to uni­fied objec­tives, with trans­paren­cy regard­ing organ­i­sa­tion­al and com­pa­ny val­ues.

Your com­pa­ny needs to be clear about its val­ues and you need to incor­po­rate these val­ues into every­day work life. It’s impor­tant that you and your employ­ees share these same val­ues, whether they be hon­esty, inno­va­tion or cre­ativ­i­ty. These val­ues will deter­mine how an employ­ee behaves and how they approach their objectives.

Sim­i­lar­ly, a high degree of trans­paren­cy is required with regards to com­pa­ny objec­tives and organ­i­sa­tion­al goals. Employ­ees need to know where the com­pa­ny is head­ed, what issues it is fac­ing and how their roles fac­tor into the over­all direc­tion of the busi­ness. This gives every­one a sense of pur­pose and uni­fies your employ­ees, which is the cor­ner­stone of a hap­py relationship.

View Our Performance Management Software

Devel­op a mutu­al under­stand­ing regard­ing SMART objectives

Once an employ­ee tru­ly under­stands the direc­tion and goals of a com­pa­ny, they are then able to care­ful­ly and dili­gent­ly cre­ate their own SMART objec­tives by align­ing them upwards. It was once the accept­ed strat­e­gy to trick­le objec­tives down, but this sys­tem is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed to be inef­fi­cient in a mod­ern, busy work­ing envi­ron­ment. Those at the top don’t always nec­es­sar­i­ly have an in-depth knowl­edge or under­stand­ing of what employ­ees low­er down the lad­der deal with on a dai­ly basis, so they aren’t in the best posi­tion to assign mean­ing­ful, con­struc­tive objectives.

How­ev­er, if an employ­ee under­stands what their com­pa­ny is try­ing to accom­plish, under­stands how their role can influ­ence and impact these goals and has a sol­id SMART objec­tives def­i­n­i­tion, they will be able to work with their man­ag­er to define their own SMART goals. This way, employ­ees will have greater auton­o­my and receive a sense of inde­pen­dence and own­er­ship over their work, which will leave them feel­ing far more enam­oured of their trust­ing organisation.

Show your employ­ees appre­ci­a­tion with your per­for­mance man­age­ment system

If you took your sig­nif­i­cant oth­er for grant­ed and nev­er expressed your thanks for the things they did or what they put up with, it’s unlike­ly the rela­tion­ship would last long. Appre­ci­a­tion shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day or oth­er spe­cial occa­sions; it should be some­thing that is habit­u­al­ly delivered.

How recog­nised do your employ­ees feel? When was the last time you gave them a heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions for their work, or a sim­ple thank you’ for their efforts? This is a crit­i­cal per­for­mance man­age­ment con­sid­er­a­tion that you shouldn’t over­look, par­tic­u­lar­ly when you con­sid­er there are many cost-effi­cient ways of recog­nis­ing employ­ees. Even the small­est ges­tures can make a real dif­fer­ence to both per­for­mance and com­mit­ment levels.

Incor­po­rate reg­u­lar, mean­ing­ful one-to-ones

Accord­ing to Psy­chol­o­gy Today, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is one of the sev­en keys to a suc­cess­ful long-term rela­tion­ship. How­ev­er, there are two things you need to remem­ber with regards to com­mu­ni­ca­tion. First of all, it needs to be reg­u­lar — a decent, heart­felt con­ver­sa­tion once a year just won’t cut it. Sec­ond­ly, the con­tent of your con­ver­sa­tions count. These dis­cus­sions need to be mean­ing­ful, and every­one involved needs to leave the con­ver­sa­tion feel­ing uplift­ed and motivated.

Now that com­pa­nies are aban­don­ing annu­al appraisals for reg­u­lar per­for­mance dis­cus­sions, there is more of a focus on mean­ing­ful feed­back and dis­cus­sion, which is great for employ­ee-man­ag­er rela­tion­ships. If you are new to con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment, it is under­stand­able that you will need some guide­lines on how to get start­ed. This is why we at Clear Review have writ­ten a free eBook on how to adopt the lat­est per­for­mance man­age­ment approach­es.

See A Video of Our Performance Management Software in Action
View Demo

Give employ­ees what they deserve — qual­i­ty employ­ee appraisal software

Your employ­ees are the most impor­tant part of your busi­ness. What would you do with­out them? They dri­ve your com­pa­ny for­ward and, as such, they deserve tech­nol­o­gy that isn’t clunky or com­pli­cat­ed. They should have access to effec­tive employ­ee appraisal soft­ware that is easy to use and that will make a long-last­ing impact on their per­for­mance. This is where Clear Review per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware can step in. We pride our­selves on sim­plic­i­ty and fea­tures that gen­uine­ly improve employ­ee per­for­mance and engagement.

By invest­ing in our soft­ware, you show your employ­ees that you care about them and you are inter­est­ed in improv­ing as a team while enjoy­ing a long, hap­py future together.

Clear Review HR per­for­mance review soft­ware is used by notable com­pa­nies all over the world. We strive toward sim­plic­i­ty in all areas and we know that fea­ture-rich, com­pli­cat­ed sys­tems can do more harm than good. To find out more, get in touch today and we’ll be hap­py to help you.