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Performance reviews: what are the trends and challenges?



With the trends and challenges of modern performance reviews, newer reviews focus on these methods to evaluate employee performance:

  • Regular check-ins instead of traditional annual performance reviews
  • Removing bias and discrimination in sharing feedback and criticism
  • Identifying poor performers through frequent evaluations and appraisals
  • Disassociating payroll and benefit concerns from performance-based evaluations
  • Aligning goals and performance indicators more frequently
  • Rating and score-based metrics are no longer as important as open and honest conversations
  • Performance and quota approach is replaced by a holistic review, including goals and strengths

Different information technologies such as collaborative software, virtual private networks, conference calling and videotelephony, internet accessibility and WiFi, cloud computing, voice over IP (VoIP) and mobile telecommunications have made performance reviews easier.

Software and applications such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, Webex, and Skype serve as platforms for conducting performance reviews, especially during the pandemic.

Several HRIS platforms and software can support human resource managers and staff in performing their employee performance reviews. Some examples: · Officevibe is an employee engagement software that makes use of analytics and feedback reporting to augment performance evaluation and improve communication between employees and management. · Workvivo is an employee experience platform that automates and enables the communication between management and employees as well as creates more opportunities for feedback and performance evaluation reporting. If you’d like to know which HR tools can work best for your company, visit our HR software reviews page for more options.

What do you think of performance reviews – are they still essential or unnecessary? Do they need an update? Let us know in the comments below.

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