Let's face it -- EVERYBODY hates performance reviews. For HR, it's just the beginning of the annual paper chase. Executives see little value in typical reviews because they don't tie back to the organization's overall success. Most employees see the whole process as busy work, without much real value. 

Taking the performance review process from painful to productive

Let's face it -- EVERYBODY hates performance reviews. For HR, it's just the beginning of the annual paper chase. Executives see little value in typical reviews because they don't tie back to the organization's overall success. Most employees see the whole process as busy work, without much real value.

There is good news on the horizon

Today's forward-thinking small and midsized businesses are discovering that automated performance review and goal management solutions not only take the pain out of the process, but actually drive better employee participation and improve employee performance. 

Automating the review process gets valuable employee performance information "out of the drawer" and into circulation where it can be useful. Executives and HR personnel armed with ongoing and easy access to past performance data can clearly map out future milestones, expectations and compensation rewards for each employee. By doing so, they are creating a true pay-for-performance culture that can dramatically improve productivity and drive overall business success. These comprehensive, easy-to-use solutions are now affordable to companies of all sizes, thanks to Web-based, on-demand technology.

Better still, getting everyone engaged in maximizing productivity has become simpler:
  • HR managers enjoy a vastly streamlined review process, putting an end to the paper chase.
  • Managers and employees save time and frustration while writing high-quality reviews.
  • Executive management benefits from centralized performance data, providing powerful insights and driving productivity by focusing employees on strategic goals that are aligned from top to bottom.

Ceridian's Performance Management Express product, powered by SuccessFactors, makes the performance review process easy. The functionality of the Web-based product ties cascading objectives together. It provides well-written text that can be selected with the click of a button to evaluate each employee's objectives as part of a simple and streamlined process. 

Performance Management Express can be easily updated with employees' names, titles, managers, HR representatives and other key employee attributes though a standard integration process with the Ceridian HR/Payroll system. 

Ceridian Performance Management Express is provided as software as a service (SaaS). As part of the annual fee, the system upgrades and maintenance are performed automatically in the highly secure hosted data center. 

Organizations that adopt Performance Management Express find that employees are comfortable with the system usability. The process to login and access forms is simple. Employees can access a directory to locate their manager(s), peers, and subordinates for collaboration. 

In addition, seamless upgrades accommodate business growth. Express is part of the SuccessFactors' family of solutions that includes Professional Edition, SuccessPractices and Enterprise Edition. This provides a simple upgrade path for your company as it grows to include more employees and additional processes and more advanced requirements.

Summing it up

Adopting a complete, on-demand solution replaces the outdated, manual process of performance reviews and provides every member of the company with a better understanding of the company's overall strategy. It improves the quality and "actionability" of goals and performance measures and increases each individual's motivation and opportunity to fully contribute to their own -- and therefore the company's -- success. 

Contact your Ceridian representative or call 1-800-PAYROLL to learn more about using an automated performance management solution to make assessments of performance against goals an ongoing process to ensure your goals are clear, projects stay on track and your business is agile. 

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About SuccessFactors, Inc. 
SuccessFactors is a global leader in Business Execution Software. The SuccessFactors Business Execution (BizX) Suite, which is delivered through the cloud, improves business alignment, team execution and people performance to drive results for companies of all sizes. Across 168 countries and 34 languages, more than 8 million users and 3,000 companies leverage SuccessFactors every day. BizX bridges the gap between strategy and success by allowing every person in an organization to execute their goals better and faster. SuccessFactors' recent acquisitions of YouCalc, Inform and CubeTree supplement SuccessFactors' core BizX strategy with solutions that align with its mission of helping companies get work done by delivering robust business insights and improved collaboration. To learn more, visit:www.successfactors.com.