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What Performance Management Software Can do for Employee Development

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What is employ­ee devel­op­ment and how can we use HR soft­ware such as per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware to facil­i­tate it?

Some­times, in order to tru­ly get val­ue from our per­for­mance man­age­ment process­es and advance our com­pa­nies, we need to go back to basics. As HR exec­u­tives, we need to ques­tion basic HR prin­ci­ples such as employ­ee devel­op­ment, what it is, why it’s impor­tant and how mod­ern per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware can be used to facil­i­tate employ­ee development.

That’s exact­ly what we aim to cov­er in this blog, and we’ll explain how Clear Review per­for­mance review soft­ware can be best used to engage, moti­vate and inspire your employ­ees to excel beyond expectations.

What is employ­ee development?

If you work in HR and you are up to date with the lat­est news and per­for­mance man­age­ment trends, you’ll know that there is an increas­ing focus on employ­ee devel­op­ment, prompt­ing the release of a num­ber of infor­ma­tive arti­cles. But what exact­ly is employ­ee development?

Put sim­ply, employ­ee devel­op­ment is the learn­ing, train­ing, and devel­op­ment under­tak­en by employ­ees in order to pro­vide them with spe­cif­ic knowl­edge, skills and com­pe­ten­cies that will not only help them to improve per­for­mance in their giv­en roles but will also help them to advance with­in the com­pa­ny and fur­ther their careers.

Why should you care about employ­ee development?

Now we have a clear idea as to what employ­ee devel­op­ment is, we need to under­stand why it’s so crit­i­cal to a mod­ern, for­ward-think­ing organisation.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, employ­ee devel­op­ment is all too often neglect­ed in today’s busi­ness­es, but the costs can be dis­en­gage­ment, frus­tra­tion and high staff turnover. When com­pa­nies choose not to focus on employ­ee devel­op­ment, it is often because man­agers insist there isn’t suf­fi­cient time for it. On oth­er occa­sions, com­pa­nies begin to put an employ­ee devel­op­ment plan in place, but such plans are nev­er actu­al­ly act­ed upon, ren­der­ing them a redun­dant, time-wast­ing exercise.

It should be not­ed, how­ev­er, that well-planned and struc­tured employ­ee devel­op­ment efforts can have huge­ly ben­e­fi­cial side-effects, such as an increase in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, engage­ment, and morale. Employ­ees want to learn, they want to advance and they gen­er­al­ly receive a huge sense of sat­is­fac­tion know­ing that their employ­ers actu­al­ly care about their futures. Employ­ee devel­op­ment can also help to enhance employ­ee under­stand­ing of their own respon­si­bil­i­ties and their role with­in an organisation.

Use per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware to organ­ise reg­u­lar one-on-ones

In order for employ­ee devel­op­ment to remain a focus, it needs to be fre­quent­ly read­dressed. Sim­ply dis­cussing employ­ee devel­op­ment in an annu­al appraisal won’t work. Instead, con­sid­er shift­ing to con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment and imple­ment­ing month­ly one-on-ones.

Such reg­u­lar meet­ings will allow man­ag­er and employ­ee to dis­cuss progress, achieve­ments and areas that could be improved. This will help struc­ture employ­ee devel­op­ment, it will keep every­one up to speed and it will ensure per­son­al devel­op­ment objec­tives don’t get for­got­ten. In fact, research by Mind Gym has shown that reg­u­lar, con­struc­tive feed­back ses­sions are the most effec­tive tool when it comes to ensur­ing per­for­mance goals and per­son­al devel­op­ment objec­tives are suc­cess­ful­ly delivered.

You can use per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware to man­age reg­u­lar one-on-ones and cap­ture the out­puts. Remem­ber: to make these per­for­mance dis­cus­sions moti­va­tion­al, you should give the employ­ees the auton­o­my to own’ their own per­for­mance check-ins and let them take the lead on what will be cov­ered in the meet­ings. Of course, if you feel the meet­ings aren’t pro­duc­tive or help­ful, as the man­ag­er, you can help guide the con­ver­sa­tions. You can use our free one-to-one meet­ing tem­plate as inspiration.

Use per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware to track per­son­al devel­op­ment objectives

After the man­ag­er and employ­ee have met, dis­cussed and agreed upon spe­cif­ic and rel­e­vant per­son­al devel­op­ment objec­tives, employ­ees will feel moti­vat­ed to take account­abil­i­ty and deliv­er on them. How­ev­er, to keep them fresh in the minds of every­one involved and track progress, it is use­ful to make use of cloud-based soft­ware, with which employ­ees can set spe­cif­ic per­son­al devel­op­ment objec­tives and per­for­mance goals.

These objec­tives are then vis­i­ble and by all rel­e­vant staff mem­bers, and HR can report on per­son­al devel­op­ment objec­tives from across the organ­i­sa­tion to feed into their learn­ing and devel­op­ment planning.

Employ­ees will be able to update progress on their objec­tives in real-time. Giv­ing employ­ees access to online tools can help them keep their man­ag­er up to date and help them plan out any and all nec­es­sary actions required to achieve their goals. In addi­tion, man­agers will be able to check in to make sure there are no issues and to offer help and extra train­ing if necessary.

Every­one involved should be focused on deliv­ery. Ensure employ­ees have learn­ing and devel­op­ment mate­ri­als and resources in place that enable employ­ees to suc­cess­ful­ly achieve their per­son­al devel­op­ment goals. Remem­ber: com­pa­nies thrive and suc­ceed when their employ­ees are moti­vat­ed and enthu­si­as­tic about their futures. All we need to do is give them the tools and encour­age­ment to succeed.

To find out more about how Clear Review’s employ­ee appraisal soft­ware can help you with employ­ee devel­op­ment, get in touch to arrange a free per­son­al per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware demo.