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Performance Management Software is Improving Company-Wide Communication

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How can the use of employ­ee appraisal soft­ware dras­ti­cal­ly boost com­mu­ni­ca­tion with­in an organisation?

Regard­less of whether you’re an SME or an inter­na­tion­al con­glom­er­ate, effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion is an inte­gral part of your busi­ness. It is one of the most basic func­tions of man­age­ment and improv­ing com­pa­ny com­mu­ni­ca­tion results in a num­ber of tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits. These include improved effi­cien­cy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, greater inno­va­tion, high­er employ­ee morale lev­els and bet­ter team build­ing. Despite this, not all com­pa­nies empha­sise the impor­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and seek to improve it using mod­ern technology.

Cloud-based soft­ware such as Clear Review’s per­for­mance review soft­ware is able to effec­tive­ly and swift­ly improve com­pa­ny-wide com­mu­ni­ca­tion in a num­ber of ways. In doing so, you not only sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve com­pa­ny cul­ture; you stand to attract and retain qual­i­ty employ­ees who will dri­ve your com­pa­ny forward.

Below are just a few exam­ples of how per­for­mance appraisal soft­ware can improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion through­out every stage of the per­for­mance man­age­ment cycle.

Per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware allows for in-the-moment feedback

Not only does feed­back have to be spe­cif­ic, help­ful and thor­ough; it needs to be time­ly, too. Instant feed­back is opti­mal when it comes to improv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and employ­ee per­for­mance. Only 19% of Mil­len­ni­als say that they receive rou­tine feed­back from their man­agers, This shock­ing­ly low per­cent­age is like­ly due to the fact that man­agers don’t have the means to deliv­er this feed­back instant­ly and conveniently.

Intro­duc­ing real-time feed­back results in height­ened employ­ee engage­ment, improved rela­tion­ships and increased staff reten­tion. What’s more, pro­vid­ing in-the-moment feed­back is sim­ple and straight­for­ward with the use of per­for­mance man­age­ment software.

Per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware encour­ages the deliv­ery of employ­ee recognition

Employ­ee recog­ni­tion is a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that is all too often for­got­ten. One source shows that 22% of senior deci­sion mak­ers don’t believe reg­u­lar employ­ee recog­ni­tion has a big influ­ence on staff reten­tion, while an incred­i­ble 70% of employ­ees stat­ed that being giv­en more appre­ci­a­tion would seri­ous­ly improve their moti­va­tion and morale.

Deliv­er­ing employ­ee recog­ni­tion can be dif­fi­cult, espe­cial­ly when you run a busy com­pa­ny. How­ev­er, with the use of soft­ware, shout-outs for excel­lent per­for­mance can be done quick­ly and pain­less­ly, which will show your employ­ees you are aware of their efforts and you gen­uine­ly appre­ci­ate them.

See how Clear Review can simplify your performance appraisals and dramatically improve staff engagement

Per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware encour­ages employ­ee collaboration

Increas­ing­ly, per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware is mod­el­ling itself on social media. At Clear Review, this has led to user-friend­ly inter­faces and mobile friend­li­ness, which helps to improve col­lab­o­ra­tion between employ­ees and teams. As such, com­mu­ni­ca­tion between co-work­ers is vast­ly improved, which is crit­i­cal to devel­op­ing a trust­ing, open envi­ron­ment.

Per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware keeps HR in the loop

When com­pa­nies make use of cloud-based soft­ware to help sup­port their per­for­mance man­age­ment, they are able to instant­ly update impor­tant infor­ma­tion from any­where, across any device. This updates records in real time, so the HR depart­ment has access to accu­rate per­for­mance and devel­op­ment data, such as infor­ma­tion relat­ing to per­son­al devel­op­ment and train­ing needs, per­for­mance issues, SMART objec­tives and who low and high per­form­ers are. This is crit­i­cal for HR man­agers to per­form their jobs effectively.

Per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware encour­ages com­mu­ni­ca­tion between man­ag­er and employee

At Clear Review, we have built our soft­ware around the con­cept of con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment: an approach to per­for­mance man­age­ment that encour­ages fre­quent month­ly check-ins between man­ag­er and employ­ee. This fre­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tion means that the for­mal­i­ty and awk­ward­ness tra­di­tion­al­ly asso­ci­at­ed with annu­al per­for­mance reviews is set aside, so a more trans­par­ent, hon­est rela­tion­ship can begin to devel­op. This means that employ­ees get the feed­back they require and they feel more able to deliv­er feed­back of their own.

Remem­ber: though soft­ware can cer­tain­ly go a long way to improv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion between employ­ees, man­agers and HR, tech­nol­o­gy is still only a tool. What’s most impor­tant is the deter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tence of an organ­i­sa­tion to improve the fre­quen­cy and val­ue of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, to make work life sim­pler, more enjoy­able and more pro­duc­tive for every­one involved.