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  Businesses need to track the quality of output their employees deliver. Doing so allows them to identify areas that require improvement, and collect feedback that will enable them to achieve their goals. Without a clear system for monitoring employee performance, you could wind up securing subpar results for the resources you commit to your operations. Here, we’ll discuss six ways to keep tabs on the productive endeavours of your workers.
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Establish Clear Performance Expectations

First, you’ll want to establish well-defined performance expectations. A crucial part of this step is laying out specific goals and objectives for each employee and communicating them clearly. If you do this, your employees will know what is expected of them, and you will have a clear benchmark to measure their performance.

Conduct Regular Performance Reviews

Performance reviews, when properly conducted, will scrutinize the work done by employees in general and in detail. It will reveal what employees are doing well, where they need to improve, and how they can achieve their goals. Conducting regular performance reviews also helps employees stay focused on their objectives and encourages them to continually improve their performance.

Track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

As we’ve already noted, you’ll have to state the expectations you want members of your team to meet. You will also want to make those targets measurable. That’s where KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) come in. KPIs are measurable metrics that provide insight into how well employees are performing. When you track the right KPIs, you will be able to identify areas where employees are excelling and domains in which they need to improve.
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Implement Employee Performance Software

Contemporary technology has lent tools to businesses that can help them determine how well their employees are doing on the job. Employee performance software lets you set performance goals, track KPIs, and conduct performance reviews all in one place. Applications in this category can also automate certain aspects of performance monitoring, such as sending reminders and following up on progress.

Provide Ongoing Training and Development

Employee evaluation doesn’t have to be just about weighing productivity. You can incorporate it into a broader program aimed at training your workers. When you invest in your employees’ professional development, you will be helping them improve their skills and knowledge, and eventually lift their performance. Ongoing training and development can also help you identify employees who are committed to bettering their performance and those who may need additional support.

Foster a Culture of Accountability

In the end, you’ll get the best results out of employee performance monitoring when it’s done within a workplace culture that values accountability. In practice, this means setting clear expectations, providing regular feedback, and helping everyone on your team realize that they are accountable for their actions (and inactions). When employees understand that it’s up to them to deliver, they are more likely to take ownership of their work and strive for excellence.
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Final Words

Proper employee performance monitoring is critical to the success of any business. Although it takes some effort, it’s certainly possible to perfect your ability to track how well your workers are doing at their duty posts. The tips we’ve shared here will enable you to do that, and eventually drive the success of your business. Featured Image Source: LinkedIn
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This article was first published on 29th April 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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