Ted Baker is a well-known name to many, the British luxury clothing company started up in 1988 as a standalone store, and has now sky rocketed into popularity, with stores all over the world. We caught up with Gary Beggs, who is a Development Partner at Ted Baker and has worked for the company for 17 years, to find out why they chose to join the Clear Review family in December of last year.
Before Ted Baker implemented Clear Review they were doing things old school, many of their managers were still doing pen and paper appraisals, and the rest were recording them on a document on a computer, only to be filed away and potentially not looked at for 6 months.
Ted Baker has a strong people culture, they look to hire from within, develop their staff, encouraging talented and experienced people to stay with the company. Which is why they wanted to improve the way they dealt with performance management, so they could better monitor performance, development, engagement and well-being of their employees.
“Whilst I think most of the team at Ted would attest to us having always had a strong & unique People culture, we definitely saw an opportunity to take the principles of what we knew we were doing well and bring our processes more in line with current thinking. We wanted to ensure that the development of our team member experience going forward was based on tangible data as opposed to what we “felt” was true.” Gary Beggs, Development Partner, Ted Baker.
Ted Baker is a company that has team members in many different settings, spanning across many countries, as a result implementing a performance management system that could work for everyone sounded like a tricky task. They needed something that was sophisticated enough to allow for people across the company to arrange check-in sessions, set and monitor goals, give and receive feedback, and that could be used for managers and HR to pull all relevant analytics, whilst being simple enough for all employees to start using without excessive training, which was a big positive during lockdown when all training had to be done remotely.
As with many organisations, when Ted Baker first introduced a new performance management platform there were some sceptics, those who were very comfortable with how they were currently doing things. However these concerns were overcome quickly’ as people begun to see how simple the system was to use, Clear Review is such a simple system that after watching a 2 minute training video, the team were able to get up and running with it straight away. And because they could start using it so quickly, it wasn’t long before employees begun to see how the system could benefit them.
Moving forward Clear Review will be introduced during the on boarding process, so that new members of staff get familiar with the system straight off the bat. This way team members are likely to be even better at keeping up with using the system on a regular basis, as it will become second nature to them.
One of the main benefits Ted Baker has noticed since they started using Clear Review, is the real time feedback tool. This tool has been allowing staff members who might feel overlooked (such as shop floor workers) to receive feedback from leaders.
One example being when, Senior Retail Team members visit stores, and notice what a great job one of the shop floor assistants was doing, on their way back home they can go onto Clear Review and give that employee a good piece of feedback. By doing this the employee feels seen and appreciated, encouraging them to continue doing a good job, and their manager gets notified of their job well done and can record that as part of their evaluation.
They are also using the tool to get feedback on internal workshops, so they can find out straight away after if it was useful, changes staff would suggest etc. This works a lot better than sending round a survey a few days after the fact and hoping people will fill it out and send it back.
“The feedback functionality within Clear Review was initially the element I personally was most excited about, given the potential impact on engagement that this kind of recognition could bring. To have senior members of the Ted team be able to directly recognise the invaluable contribution of our front line Sales team, speaks back to our company values of Authenticity & Kindness in the most tangible of ways.” Gary Beggs, Development Partner, Ted Baker.
Ted Baker want to use Clear Review to continue to improve the employee experience. This will involve encouraging even more team communication so that team members feel supported, and changing the way they set objectives by moving from annual objectives, to setting short term agile goals within Clear Review.
As Ted Baker try to hire from within to fill a lot of their roles, they also plan to use Clear Review more to help with skill development. They can do this with the setting of personal development goals, from this people will be able to decide with the guidance of their manager the best course of action to get where they want to be. This could be training courses, more frequent one on one time with their managers, shadowing in different departments and so on.
There is also a values refresh currently happening within Ted Baker, which will affect the way feedback is given, as each piece of feedback should link back to these values in some way. Clear Review will be catching up with Gary from Ted Baker again in a few months to hear about the exciting progress they are making towards these goals.