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Performance Management in the Year 2019

The start of the year creates and opens up the opportunity for us to learn more and more from our past mistakes, using last year as a platform to further better ourselves as well as the organization where we are currently working for. It helps us take into consideration certain aspects that shape our company’s culture and helps us shed some light on particular areas whereas the organization is currently lacking or the dire areas wherein there is still room for improvement to further occur.

It is very essential for HR managers and leaders in different industries to monitor and keep their respective organizations up to date with what is happening around the world. They need to be on par with their competencies or other organizations on what the hype or current practices are all about. Be it in the new recruitment trends for acquiring top talent, integrating new technology or going paperless in the office to what pushes the motivation of their workers the maximum extent is still a very practical skill and knowledge to have in the industry.

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Challenges of being HR

It is one of the challenges of being an HR manager to make sure their employees are always at the top of their game; it will be a ripple or even a domino effect in the long to the success of the organization when you are able to put into practice these certain trends and be a valuable asset in your arsenal that you can use in making the organization a better place to be in.

If you want the organization to be in tip-top shape then we need to consider a lot of things when it comes to boosting and maximizing the performance of our employees. There are different strategies and approaches when the word performance or better productivity comes into play, you just need to be careful that your methods and practices are on the right track or else other competencies just might swipe the best talent right under your feet without you even realizing it or just when it’s about too late and the employee has already decided to bid farewell to his position in your organization.

There are a lot of competitive organizations out there that excels with boosting the performance of their employees. It attracts different talents in diverse organizations around the world who are very capable and skillful in their designated field. What most people want in any kind of organization aside from the compensation or the monthly package is to further expand their horizons on their capabilities, sharpen their skill sets and have the opportunity to be rewarded well for their performances in a promising and well-deserved manner.

Performance management plays a vital role in the organization each year as it embodies what your employees are capable of and what they can do in utilizing their time in the organization. Knowing how to manage performance, increases and pushes their productivity level to a farther scale that propels to even greater heights in time when managed and implemented well. How well or good an employee does in an organization reflects greatly on what kind of success of the organization will receive in the long run. Employees are the foundation of the four corners of the office and are responsible if these pillars will remain strong and hold it upward or be the reason for a part to crumble away and start a diminishing downfall.

As the years go by, we are able to have a better grasp and gain a better understanding of what human behavior or psychology has to offer with different studies and tested researches worldwide. Organizations should be able to adapt to these demands and use this as a push factor to further entail employees to do better in the workplace. It’s all about using these things to the best of your advantage and keeping up with the trends.

With all of that in mind, here are three new trends this year of 2019 when it comes to performance management you should expect:

  • Discussions about Emotion and Mental Wellbeing will become more Common this Year

This year, several studies and organizations are looking more into depth with the emotional and mental wellbeing of an individual. It is overly underestimated by a lot of companies and bosses worldwide as it seems impractical for these things to be considered and somehow irrelevant when you are pertaining it to the performance management in the workplace.

That is where you are mistaken big time, the emotional and mental wellbeing has the same impact on performance as any physical aspect you can possibly consider. It might not show as much as most people who are suffering tend to keep it to themselves and would not want to intrude and trouble anybody. Little do we know but the impact it can bring to workplace falls at a larger scale than you could expect.

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Discussions about Emotion and Mental Wellbeing

Yes, it might be a personal issue basis and every person has their own fair share of bad days and issues but the organization should not just watch while the employee is slowly consumed by these illnesses and wait until it finally shows up in their performance. The shadier side of the story is that some people already notice this problem but we choose to stare with it with a blind eye as long as there is some kind of progress being made in the side of their work.

The past years’ several employees and organizations are still reluctant and are having second thoughts in diving into the discussion of mental and emotional health in the workplace as it is a very controversial topic to talk about. It might be true for the past decades but this time though, people are starting to be more and more open with these things, organizations worldwide are starting to shed some light in the shadows of these illnesses.

Little do people know if you are able to help and address this problem at hand or at least help in alleviating their pain, it will boost performance in the workplace and help your employees do better in the work that they do. 2019 is the year where you can expect that there will be a lot of discussions regarding the mental and emotional wellbeing of their employees. Stress, anxiety, and depression, etc. are the common but few examples of these so-called mental illnesses that should be addressed and will be tackled on the latter part of managing these feelings.

The emotional and mental wellbeing of each employee becomes the key and the push factor to accomplishing better results in the organization as well as establishing a better working environment wherein harmony and productivity is at its peak. It is very underestimated but you will be surprised by how much of an impact and influence it will start to make in the workplace.

“I wish people could understand that the brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can’t see mental illness like you could see a broken bone, doesn’t mean it’s not as detrimental or devastating to a family or an individual.” – Demi Lovato

One of the emerging trends this year is all about a program of high-performance mentorship and training inside the organization. It is basically as the title implies and it is really what’s all about.

When employees are being managed and supervised with a good coach then they will be able to perform better compared with just the simple act of giving instructions alone. It opens up the opportunity for supervisors and managers to train their employees in a way that will mitigate mistakes to their full extent likewise help in maximizing what an employee can actually do in their job. Training and development are one of those challenges for an HR manager or a good leader has to overcome in their journey of handling people, but when implemented in the right manner it will surely help in boosting the performance of each worker in the organization, as well as magnifying the capabilities they might have to offer. It is a win-win situation for both sides of the story.

High-performance mentorship and training are better than what you call job shadowing as it gives the chance for the employee to actually learn and experience first-hand what is needed rather than the simple act of simply observing and asking questions on the spot. A little cliché but you can consider it as the saying “experience is the best teacher”.

A mentor is there to help you learn and actually help you be the best “you” that you can be. If you are monitored constantly then the mentor will be able to oversee the parts where you are lacking and help you see where you excel. Knowing where you’re good at is going to be a great way to cover up your weaknesses as they will be able to highlight your good sides instead and put that potential to good use.

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What makes mentorship and training different from the normal giving of constructive criticisms and feedback is that there is a person to overlook and see if there is some kind of progress being made. Let’s face the facts for the minute, most of the time when we are by ourselves, we tend to over underestimate ourselves and feel like we just reached a dead end; not making any progress at all waiting for a breakthrough to happen. You might not notice the small changes and progress you are making but others will actually notice, especially your mentors who have been training you.

Diving into the business industry where the most common thing to say is you don’t need anybody but yourself is a little bit too farfetched and just doesn’t do it for the most part. What mentorship and a little bit of coaching do is help the employee get that small nudge needed to help them see what they are actually capable of. Remember that seeds grow with the proper amount of sun and water.

“A lot of people put pressure on themselves and think it will be way too hard for them to live out their dreams. Mentors are there to say, ‘Look, it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career.’” — Joe Jonasperfo


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