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  • Sheri Bender

Performance Evaluations: Are They Outdated or Necessary?

Updated: Apr 10

Performance evaluations have long been a cornerstone of employee management, providing a

framework for assessing and improving performance within organizations. However, as the

workplace landscape evolves, an organization’s approach to evaluating and enhancing

employee performance must evolve too. In this blog, we’ll look at key trends and strategies

shaping the future of performance evaluations.

Sixty-five percent of employees desire more feedback. 1 And, companies that invest in regular

employee feedback have 14.9% lower turnover rates than organizations where employees do

not receive feedback. 1 Gallup data also shows that 80% of employees who say they have

received meaningful feedback in the past week are fully engaged. 2

In response to these preferences, organizations worldwide are embracing continuous feedback

mechanisms and real-time performance monitoring to increase the likelihood that their

employees will stay longer and be more engaged while employed. This shift away from

traditional annual reviews allows for ongoing tracking of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs),

increased transparency and more accountability in performance management. 2 I liken this to

trying to recall what I had for lunch three weeks ago. If you’re like me, you may not actually

remember that (and that is a personal decision, a decision I made, for me). When discussing

performance, feedback should be timely and pertinent, enabling employees to act on it promptly.

If my supervisor addresses something I did three weeks ago, I might struggle to recall the

specifics, making it challenging to implement improvements or continue successful practices.

Despite the growing demand for continuous feedback, many organizations still rely heavily on

annual performance reviews. Research indicates that only 14% of employees believe their

feedback is used to improve the employee experience, while a mere 12% receive personalized

feedback on their performance. 3

Traditional performance reviews with vague ratings and limited feedback often lead to

disengagement and frustration among employees. In particular high performers may feel

blindsided by low ratings and a lack of specific direction for improvement. To address these

challenges, organizations may want to consider shifting towards more frequent and meaningful

feedback programs.

Investing in Employees

Employee development and skill enhancement are becoming a key focus area in today’s

workplace. Performance management software now integrates features that allow users to

create personalized learning plans and tracking of skill achievement. The emphasis on

development is of great importance for strategic leaders that want to keep their most valuable

resources as a lack of personal growth opportunity is a leading cause of employee turnover.

Investments in reskilling and upskilling not only benefit individual employees but help address

skills gaps within the organization. By empowering employees to enhance their skills,

companies can improve recruitment and retention efforts while aligning individual goals with

broader organizational objectives.

Today, more than ever before, employees often look for purpose-driven work and meaningful

contributions to organizational goals. Aligning individual objectives with strategic business

objectives has become a top priority for organizations. Employees who understand how their

work contributes to company goals are more likely to be engaged and invested in their roles and

the long-term success of the organization.

Transparency and immediate feedback are essential in nurturing this alignment. By informing

employees about the organization's vision and acknowledging their contributions, companies

can cultivate a culture of recognition, resulting in enhanced performance and job satisfaction.

The Future of Performance Evaluations

As we navigate the complexities of today’s workplace, it's clear that traditional performance

evaluation methods no longer suffice. Fast feedback, ongoing development, and goal alignment

are essential elements of effective performance management in 2024 and beyond. Embracing

these trends and strategies can help organizations cultivate a workforce that is engaged,

motivated, and ready to drive success. How do you plan to integrate these strategies into your

organization's performance management approach?

A leader reviewing a performance evaluation with an employee.
Employees Often Seek Feedback




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