The Benefits of Automating Employee Reviews

If you’re an HR professional still going through a manual process come appraisal time, the idea of employee performance reviews may leave a sour taste in your mouth. Why? Simply put: a paper-based solution is no longer the logical solution.

There’s a reason why paper-based systems can have a bad rep and why even the mention of the word “review” may be followed by a whole lot of huffing and puffing from employees. If you’ve ever been a part of a tedious and inefficient manual appraisal process, then you probably know what I’m talking about.

… and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way!

If you’re already using an automated solution, then kudos! But if you’re stuck under a mound of paper-work come performance review season, then maybe it’s time to take that process and throw it in the trash (literally). After all, in a world where everything is automatic, why should performance reviews be an exception?

An automated solution can transform the “dreaded” appraisal process into a manageable and even pleasantly positive experience. Here are a few things you may want to consider:

Paper-free equals hassle-free.

Paper methods are usually time-consuming and vulnerable to human error. With an automated solution, long over are the days of lost appraisals, chasing down employees and manually tracking a paper process.

Time is money.

Implementing an automated solution considerably reduces time spent executing an appraisal process from start to finish. The result? An increase in ROI and the ability to focus on other important HR deliverables. By automating a potentially labour intensive activity you’ll save yourself multiple headaches, increase productivity and become more efficient as a department.

Keep it central.

Automating employee reviews helps make the process easier on everyone, HR management and employees included. A web-based system keeps everything in one central place, making it easy to track the review process as it moves along and ensure it remains on schedule.

Align and track goals.

Use automated software to align employee goals to those of the organization and give them a clearer understanding of how their own goals fit into the company as a whole. Easily track the progress, and help grow, develop and retain existing talent through goal-setting.

If you are part of an evolving organization, a manual process may not cut it. An automated solution can open up the doors to a whole new world of possibilities; succession planning, 360 reviews, pay for performance… the list goes on (but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, we’ll save those topics for later)!

With all of the possibilities an automated solution brings to you as an HR professional, we can’t find any reason not to automate.

Written by Tania Richman