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  • Writer's pictureMark Valdez

Tech Recipe: A Digital Delight for Performance Reviews


In the ever-evolving landscape of business operations, the Human Resources (HR) function and performance review processes stand as pivotal pillars in cultivating a thriving workplace culture. To keep pace with the digital era, where data-driven insights steer decision-making across various business functions, it's imperative that HR embraces a tech-enabled approach. Much like other aspects of your business that leverage technology for efficiency and innovation, HR and performance reviews should not be exempt from the transformative power of data analytics and technological integration. By harnessing the capabilities of advanced tools, HR professionals can unlock a treasure trove of valuable information, fostering a more strategic, informed, and agile approach to talent management. This shift towards a tech-enabled and data-driven HR landscape is not just a modernization trend; it's a fundamental reimagining of how organizations nurture, evaluate, and optimize their most valuable asset – their people.

Shopping List

While many HRIS systems provide a comprehensive feature set that includes tools for managing performance reviews, there are standalone products such as Lattice and Culture Amp that are purpose built managing and simplifying the performance review process.

Lattice — A platform designed to streamline various aspects of performance reviews, feedback, and goal-setting within organizations. The platform aims to enhance communication and collaboration between employees and managers, fostering a more transparent and productive work environment.

Culture Amp — Known for its platform that helps organizations collect, understand, and act on employee feedback to enhance workplace culture and performance, Culture Amp also offers tools for companies to set and track goals, conduct performance reviews, and provide continuous feedback to employees.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the Communication Oven: While these performance review tools will help establish open lines of communication there is no replacement for communicating directly to your team to establish clear roles, responsibilities and expectations. While formal review processes typically take place once or twice a year, ensure that both managers and employees are comfortable discussing expectations, progress, and challenges throughout the review period.

  2. Marinate in Self-Assessment Sauce: Have employees reflect on their own performance using self-assessment forms accessible through your software tool of choice. This introspective step is critical for identifying blind spots and better understanding differences in how an individual’s performance may vary from how it is perceived by managers and peers.

  3. Sprinkle in Analytics: Platforms like Lattice and Culture Amp provide analytics to uncover trends and patterns in performance data. This technological sprinkle can provide valuable insights into areas of improvement, potential skills gaps, and future growth opportunities.

  4. Bake in Development Opportunities: Use technology to map out and track personalized development plans. Recommend a path that is uniquely tailored to each employee's professional goals and serves as a guide to continuous learning and skill enhancement.

  5. Serve on a Collaborative Platform Platter: The beauty of these software platforms is that they provide a collaborative workspace to document and track performance goals, feedback, and development plans. This shared space ensures transparency and allows both managers and employees to stay on the same page throughout the performance cycle.

With the proper performance review process in place, your team will soon be on its way from Nailed It! to Iron Chef.

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