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Five ways to manage performance

8th October 2013

In today’s workplace, performance management is an increasingly popular topic. Throughout 2013 we have noticed a vast increase in demand for our ‘Managing Performance’ bite-sized training course.

The recent focus on performance management has partly been due to business pressures increasing and organisations are now required to become even more effective and efficient, execute better on business strategy, and do more with less in order to remain competitive.

Here are five ways to improve performance management:

1. Leading by Example

This is a common phrase used in most work places. The majority of managers have been promoted into positions not only because they excel in their field but because of their vast experience. This on occasion can sometimes cause the manager to become complacent. There are many managers that feel they should only manage or direct instead of showing their employees the correct way by performing to the best of their ability.

2. Clear Communication

It is common that some managers find it difficult to communicate with their employees.  It is often that manages will assign tasks without giving the employee a reason.  It is important that employees should not be told to do something without a reason. Giving the employee a reason for the task or project provides the employee with a better understanding of what is required from them to complete the task/project.

3. Peer to Peer Coaching

Peer to peer coaching is an additional method to further improve communication between managers and employees. This method allows employees to help each other throughout the day without managers handling all of the situations. Most employees have a better connection with the person that works with them daily than their manager or supervisor. This method creates a support system and also reduces the chance of small issues becoming big issues.

 4.  Employee Strengths

Managers tend to focus on their employees’ weaknesses and overlook their strengths. Identifying the strengths of employees provides the manager with awareness of what each employee role should be. Managers must be engaged with their employees to create a strong team.

5. Management Style

Managers often try to replicate the practices and styles of other managers. Every manager has their own style. The most effective approach is to try different methods to improve your employees; such as weekly meetings, one to ones, or even daily motivations. Bottom line, just do what best fits you and your team. This process will take some time to develop but the manager will find a style that best fits themselves and their employees. Ultimately the employees will appreciate their manager’s efforts and will respect their individuality.