5 Things to Look For in an Automated Performance Management Solution

Tania Richman

Last week I discussed the increasing need for HR technology, particularly performance management systems, and how the proof is in the numbers; HR professionals are without a doubt keeping talent management top of mind for 2010!

If you’re part of that majority, then odds are implementing an automated solution is high on your wish list this year. Maybe you’ve initiated some preliminary research to see what’s out there. Maybe you already have a solution in mind. Or maybe you’re just browsing.

Wherever you are in your quest to find the perfect solution for your organization, keep in mind that there are certain key features you’ll want to look for. To help steer you in the right direction, here are some fundamentals to consider when shopping around for an automated performance management system:

1. Ease of Use. An automated solution should be user-friendly. Think point, click and type. Select software that will help simplify and speed up your appraisal process, rather than bog it down. Remember: Automation should make your life easier, rather than add fuel to fire! Too many bells and whistles may look nice at first glance but can often be more overwhelming than useful.

2. Flexibility. Opt for a product that will support both short and long term organizational change. Any keen professional knows that business requirements can transform on a yearly, monthly, and even day to day basis. That’s why it is imperative your solution be flexible when it comes to on-the-fly changes to workflow, forms, and more.

3. Cost Effectiveness. The solution you choose should ideally be a one-stop-shop for all your performance management needs. Advanced features and modules such as 360, compensation and succession planning should be readily available at your finger tips, and you shouldn’t have to keep running back to the bank should you wish to use or add them.

4. Reporting and Analytics. What’s the point in housing an automated talent management solution if you can’t effectively report on the results? Some vendors are limiting when it comes to reports offering only those that are out of the box. The ideal solution should also provide the option to create ad hoc reports for organizations that have specific needs when it comes to collecting data.

5. Aligning Corporate Goals. Both important and effective when it comes to automating is the ability to align employee goals with the overall business strategy of the organization. Ensure that the solution you pick allows you to link in corporate goals and objectives so that everyone in the organization is on the same page and working towards a common purpose.

Have a few minutes to take a look at an automated system that meets all of the above criteria? Take a quick tour of the emPerform solution.

Written by Tania Richman