Believe it or not, a little happiness in the workplace can go a long way towards driving employee performance. While truely effective employee performance management can be a tough balance to strike, the right amount of direction, feedback and incentive will help your employees feel more engaged in the workplace and more committed to achieving results for your organization.

Employee Performance Management

According to economists at the University of Warwick, testing in laboratory settings has shown that happy employees are around 12 percent more productive. Want a real world example? Google’s investments in employee support and satisfaction initiatives have seen employee productivity rise by 37 percent.

Even a few minor tweaks to your employee performance management strategy can help boost workplace morale. If your team has been dragging their feet as of late, ask yourself the following questions. With a few honest answers, you may be able to put the pep back in their collective step!

Are You Making Your Expectations Clear?

How chaotic would a football game be if you removed the goal posts and end zones from the field? With no clear direction, these professional players wouldn’t know which way to run. How do you think these highly-skilled athletes would feel, foolishly running around while their coaches yell and wave their arms on the sidelines?

Well, that’s exactly how your employees feel when you don’t communicate your expectations clearly. Remember, clearly defined goals provide direction – and drive workplace productivity. 

Are You Providing Ample Feedback?

Regular performance reviews aren’t just a necessary evil; they’re a means of communicating valuable feedback to your employees. But, feedback shouldn’t just be an annual affair. To keep your team on the straight and narrow, and to ensure their actions are aligned with your strategic plan, you have to provide continuous -- and often immediate -- feedback. This ensures that both you and your employee have a clear recollection of the situation you’re discussing, which allows for a more specific and productive meeting of the minds. Using an employee performance management system is a great way to ensure that reviews occur regularly with clear visibility for both managers and employees into job-specific performance. 

Are You Praising And/Or Correcting Their Work? 

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and valued, not only by their superiors, but also by their peers. When employees do something right, let them know -- and let them know in front of the entire team. That way, the team can share in the celebration, the employee will feel appreciated, and everyone will be motivated to accomplish even more. Here at Envisio, we hold a morning team huddle in which we provide updates on our current goal progress, give and recieve feedback with our collegues, and never miss an opportunity to give a shout out to recognize a colleague's accomplishment!

On the flip side, mistakes shouldn’t be up for public discussion. If an employee makes a mistake, correct it privately. Try to create a teachable moment. Let them know you understand why the mistake was made, and offer an actionable solution for future reference. Whether you’re praising employees or helping them learn from past mistakes, it’s important that you always show you care. Valued employees are motivated employees. They don’t want to let you down.

Are You Offering Incentives That Are Both Desirable And Achievable?

In addition to creating a positive, nurturing environment, it never hurts to offer small, motivational incentives throughout the year. This can be as simple as naming an employee of the month, or handing out gift cards to the local department store, restaurant, or coffee shop. It’s the little things that make your team feel appreciated!

If you do choose to go big, remember -- rewards are only motivational if they’re actually achievable. Even a free round-trip to Paris will fail to motivate if everyone knows only a select few will be realistically eligible.

Envisio's Employee Performance Manager(EPM) software helps to regulate and automate the administrative side of managing employees and paves the way for more frequent communication and greater transparency between manager and employee. Managers are able to focus more of their attention on cultivating a happy and engaged workforce that is committed to their own success and the success of the organization. 

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