A.G.Barr is a soft drinks business, most famous for producing the iconic Scottish drink IRN-BRU. A.G.Barr hire around 900 employees, and their wide employee base covers factory, warehouse, logistics, sales, marketing and head office functions. This means there are lots of opportunities for their employees to develop into new areas and they are continually learning.
We caught up with A.G.Barr’s Senior HR Business Partner & Talent Lead, Jude, to find out why they chose Clear Review, and find out her thoughts on how it’s going so far.
A.G.Barr joined the Clear Review family during the pandemic to assist them at a time when many employees were working remotely.
‘We wanted to change the way we managed performance and saw Clear Review as an ideal opportunity to move towards more continuous performance development rather than a once a year event’. Jude Holt — Senior HR Business Partner & Talent Lead
As well as this Jude explained that setting nearer term objectives, that could be regularly reviewed and updated, suited the more agile world we were working in and provided structure and motivation to employees who were getting used to working remotely.
With Clear Review, A.G.Barr managers can set employees near term goals, which can be completed in days, weeks, or months. This works better than annual objectives for a couple of reasons. One, employees are less likely to forget about the goal or loose motivation to complete it, and two, goals can be re-evaluated if the employees role changes or A.G.Barr’s objectives change.
A.G.Barr aim for all employees to have a check-in with their line manager every month and Clear Review helps them manage this process. Just a simple check-in can help if an objective is off-track and it can also be a great opportunity to share progress and feedback.
Clear Review also means all A.G.Barr employees are now on one performance management system, whereas before employees across the business were using different forms and processes depending on their role.
‘We chose Clear Review for many reasons, primarily its ease of use and the fact that it means performance management becomes embedded into our working lives rather than simply being an annual appraisal.’ Jude Holt — Senior HR Business Partner & Talent Lead
The implementation of Clear Review was a relatively smooth and successful process, closely guided by a member of Clear Review’s Customer Success team. Staff were able to start using Clear Review quickly, without the need for extensive training, as the software is so simple and self-explanatory. Overall there has been really good engagement and a positive response from A.G.Barr employees surrounding the implementation of Clear Review.
‘Clear Review allows us to keep on track of our progress and means I can talk to my team in a more meaningful way about their performance by using the feedback function’. – A.G.Barr Factory Team Leader
When asked if he’d noticed a shift in performance and/or engagement as a result of using Clear Review the A.G.Barr Warehouse Manager commented: ’
We continue to deliver some great numbers year on year. The most noticeable difference is in attitude, as displayed in our engagement survey results. Clear Review has greatly helped this because it gives us more opportunities to talk to employees on an individual basis’.
Along with making performance management easier across the business, Clear Review is helping in other ways. A.G.Barr will be making use of Clear Review on mobile devices to help their staff who are out on the road a lot of the time. By doing so these staff members can easily arrange and carry out check-ins, set and track goals, give and receive feedback etc. without the need of a laptop or desktop PC.
Moving forward A.G.Barr will continue embedding the system across the company. Whilst most employees are using the platform regularly, others still need to make Clear Review a routine. As well as this they are focusing on providing more support to employees on setting quality objectives and giving and receiving feedback — two key areas that will give employees and managers more confidence for their performance conversations.
A.G.Barr also want to look at having their on-boarding process more heavily focused on using Clear Review in the best way possible in order to get the most of the platform. To achieve these goals A.G.Barr can use the resources on the Clear Review Academy, and work with our Customer Success team to get the most from the system.
‘We are excited to further embed Clear Review and raise everyone’s competence using the system. It is also really useful to be part of the academy where we can learn about planned upgrades to the system so we can think about how we best use them in our business. Overall, Clear Review provides a different approach and mind set to performance management so this doesn’t happen overnight but we are confident that with continued use and advocacy, we will collectively raise both performance and engagement’. Jude Holt — Senior HR Business Partner & Talent Lead.