Chapter 11 Performance Management The chapter covers Performance
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Chapter 11 - Performance Management • The chapter covers: • Performance management vs. performance appraisal • What is performance? (What? How well? ) • Who conducts appraisals? • Methods of appraising performance • Training of managers and employees • Feedback
Nature of Performance Management • Performance Management Ø Processes used to identify, encourage, measure, evaluate, improve, and reward employee performance v Provide v Clarify information to employees about their performance. organizational performance expectations. v Identify the development steps that are needed to enhance employee performance. v Document v Provide performance for personnel actions. rewards for achieving performance objectives.
Performance Management Linkage
Difference Between Performance Management and Performance Appraisals • Performance Management Ø Processes used to identify, encourage, measure, evaluate, improve, and reward employee performance. • Performance Appraisal Ø The process of evaluating how well employees perform their jobs and then communicating that information to the employees.
Components of Effective Performance Management
Identifying and Measuring Employee Performance • Performance Ø What an employee does and does not do. v Quantity of output • Quality of output v Timeliness of output • Presence at work v Cooperativeness • Job Criteria Ø Important elements in a given job
Types of Performance Information
Relevance of Performance Criteria Deficiency Contamination Performance Criteria Overemphasis
Performance Standards • Performance Standards Ø Expected levels of performance v Benchmarks, goals, and targets Ø Characteristics of well-defined standards v Realistic v Measurable v Clearly understood
Uses of Performance Appraisal • Performance Appraisal (PA) Ø The process of evaluating how well employees perform their jobs when compared to a set of standards, and then communicating the information to employees. Ø Informal Appraisal v Day-to-day contacts, largely undocumented Ø Systematic Appraisal v Formal contact at regular time intervals, usually documented
Conflicting Uses for Performance Appraisal
Developmental Uses of Performance Appraisal Administering Wages and Salaries Giving Performance Feedback Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses
Uses of Performance Appraisal (cont’d) • Criticisms of Performance Appraisal Ø Focus is too much on the individual and does little to develop employees. Ø Employees and supervisors believe the appraisal process is seriously flawed. Ø Appraisals are inconsistent, short-term oriented, subjective, and useful only at the extremes of performance.
Typical Division of HR Responsibilities: Performance Appraisal
Who Conducts Appraisals • • • Supervisors who rate their subordinates Employees who rate their supervisors Team members who rate each other Employees’ self-appraisal Outside sources rating employees Multisource (360° feedback) appraisal
Traditional Performance Appraisal Process
Employee Rating of Managers • Advantages Ø Helps in identifying competent managers Ø Serves to make managers more responsive to employees Ø Can contribute to the career development of managers • Disadvantages Ø Negative reactions by managers to employee ratings Ø Subordinates’ fear of reprisals may inhibit them from giving realistic (negative) ratings Ø Ratings are useful only for self-improvement purposes
Team/Peer Rating • Advantages Ø Helps improve the performance of lower-rated individuals Ø Peers have opportunity to observe other peers. Ø Peer appraisals focus on individual contributions to teamwork and team performance. • Disadvantages Ø Can negatively affect working relationships. Ø Can create difficulties for managers in determining individual performance. Ø Organizational use of individual performance appraisals can hinder the development of teamwork
Category Scaling Methods • Graphic Rating Scale Ø A scale that allows the rater to indicate an employee’s performance on a continuum of job behaviors. Ø Aspects of performance measured: v Descriptive categories, job duties, and behavioral dimensions v Behavioral rating scales (e. g. , BARS) Ø Drawbacks v Restrictions on the range of possible rater responses v Differences in the interpretations of the meanings of scale items and scale ranges by raters v Poorly designed scales that encourage rater errors v Rating form deficiencies limit effectiveness of the appraisal
Sample Performance Appraisal Form
Terms Defining Standards at One Company
Behavioral/Objective Methods • Behavioral Rating Approach Ø Assesses employees’ behaviors instead of other characteristics Ø Consists of a series of scales created by: v Identifying important job dimensions v Creating statements describing a range of desired and undesirable behaviors (anchors) Ø Types of behavioral scales v Behaviorally anchored rating scales (BARS) v Behavioral observation scales (BOS) v Behavioral expectation scales (BES)
Behaviorally-Anchored Rating Scale (BARS) for Customer Service Skills
Category Rating Methods (cont’d) • Checklists Ø A performance appraisal tool that uses a list of statements or work behaviors that are checked by raters. v Can be quantified by applying weights to individual checklist items. Ø Drawbacks v Interpretation of item meanings by raters v Weighting creates problems in appraisal interpretation v Assignment of weights to items by persons other than the raters
Comparative Methods • Ranking Ø A listing of all employees from highest to lowest in performance. Ø Drawbacks v Does not show size of differences in performance between employees v Implies that lowest-ranked employees are unsatisfactory performers. v Becomes an unwieldy process if the group to be ranked is large.
Comparative Methods (cont’d) • Forced Distribution Ø Performance appraisal method in which ratings of employees are distributed along a bell-shaped curve. Ø Drawbacks v Assumes a normal distribution of performance. v Resistance by managers to placing individuals in the lowest or highest groups. v Providing explanation for placement in a higher or lower grouping can be difficult. v Is not readily applicable to small groups of employees.
Forced Distribution on a Bell-Shaped Curve Figure 11– 11
Narrative Methods • Critical Incident Ø Manager keeps a written record of highly favorable and unfavorable employee actions. Ø Drawbacks v Variations in how managers define a “critical incident” v Time involved in documenting employee actions v Most employee actions are not observed and may become different if observed v Employee concerns about manager’s “black books”
Narrative Methods (cont’d) • Essay Ø Manager writes a short essay describing an employee’s performance. Ø Drawback v Depends on the managers’ writing skills and their ability to express themselves.
Management by Objectives (MBO) • Management by Objectives Ø Specifying the performance goals that an individual and his or her manager agree the employee will to try to attain within an appropriate length of time. • Key MBO Ideas Ø Employee involvement creates higher levels of commitment and performance. Ø Encourages employees to work effectively toward achieving desired results. Ø Performance measures should be measurable and should define results.
The MBO Process Job Review and Agreement Development of Performance Standards Objective Setting Continuing Performance Discussions
Training of Managers and Employees • Appraisal Training Topics: Ø Appraisal process and timing Ø Performance criteria and job standards that should be considered Ø How to communicate positive and negative feedback Ø When and how to discuss training and development goals Ø Conducting and discussing the compensation review Ø How to avoid common rating errors
Common Rater Errors
Appraisal Interview Hints
Feedback as a System Evaluation of Data Feedback System Action Based on Evaluation
Training of Managers and Employees (cont’d) • Effective Performance Management Systems (PMS) are: Ø Consistent with the strategic mission of the organization Ø Beneficial as development tool Ø Useful as an administrative tool Ø Legal and job-related Ø Viewed as generally fair by employees Ø Effective in documenting employee performance