5 Tips to Implement Agile Performance Management

Agile performance management offers tremendous opportunities for managers and employees to have real-time, meaningful conversations on expectations, feedback and needs, resulting in improved company service and stronger engagement.

If you’re ready to start this powerful transformation, check out these tips from Tracy Cini, director of Human Resources, Avid Solutions. Avid recently shifted to an agile performance program using SilkRoad Agile Performance.

Tip #1—Thoroughly consider the transition

You need to have the basics in place—goals, a transition plan, training and communication. While technology plays an important role, it won’t take the company to this new place on its own. An easy-to-use solution, like SilkRoad Check-in app, supports ongoing success.

Tip #2—Gain senior management buy-in

An agile performance program impacts every level of the organization, so your senior management team needs to be 100% aligned with the change. You can gain support by showing expected results, examples of what will change and the wins for managers and employees.

Tip #3—Decouple compensation and performance ratings

Many companies use the review process to justify compensation. For agile performance to succeed, your organization needs to candidly discuss disconnecting compensation and performance ratings. Without this conversation and a plan, you’re not ready.

Tip #4—Teach people how to provide feedback

Agile performance conversations mean that giving feedback expands—peer to peer, peer to manager and employee to non-reporting managers. For constructive conversations, everyone needs to be on the same page about what to share and how to present information.

Tip #5—Join learning and performance at the hip

Learning is not stagnant. Performance is not stagnant. When you connect learning and performance, it creates continuous employee development that supports company goals. Agile performance conversations play a critical role in supporting this connection, especially with millennials who prefer steady feedback.

Through a strong plan and preparing everyone for the change, your organization can experience the multiple benefits offered by this fresh, interactive approach.