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What do Saint Patrick’s Day & Performance Management have in common?
On the 17th of March in Ireland we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This day is now widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, particularly in Britain, Canada, The United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. It has even been celebrated by Astronauts on board the International Space Station! We now use this day to showcase Ireland and our culture. Rivers are turned green, everyone wears green and everyone is Irish on the 17th March. So what’s it all about?
According to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain about God. The shamrock, which looks like clover, has three leaves on each stem. Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the Trinity, that in the one God there are three divine beings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And the Irish people converted to Christianity. It was all about simple communication and transparency which is at the core of what we do at Talentevo. Using a symbol of three we explain the key phases of Performance Management and what employees and managers should be achieving at each phase.
1. Setting objectives: You set objectives that are linked to the company goals. This helps your employees understand how they fit into the overall success of the organisation. These objectives should stretch your employee’s abilities but remain fair and reachable.
2. Update and record progress: This is an opportunity to check with your employees to see how they are doing. You can also give them coaching and support. This can be done monthly or quarterly.
3. End of year review: This is the more formal review of performance. You discuss and agree with your employees how they have done throughout the year against their objectives. You praise and complement where deserved and make recommendations where improvements can be made. This review needs to be agreed by both parties.
Performance management is a process. What is at the heart of it, is open and simple communications and good conversations with your employees. This should happen throughout the year and the performance management process is used to support and record it. The review progress helps to ensure that your employee achievements and yours are in line with the organisations goals and objectives.
So use these 3 points to bring transparency and clarity to your process. Let Talentevo help you achieve that with our leading automated performance management software.