Planning for High Performance

Managing and improving the overall performance of an organization and the professionals is one of the biggest tasks managed by the leaders and managers of any organization. The improved performance of employees indicates the efficiency of a manager. Performance is volatile in nature and for steady and positive growth it is necessary to plan well.

A good HR policy and smart leadership are two vital factors for better performance. A good organization’s sound HR policy is one where the growth of the employees is not hampered instead it motivates the employees to give their best and achieve higher goals.

No one can improve performance of any team or individual professional overnight it is a gradual process. A sound strategy and proper management plays crucial role in improving the performance of an employee or team. it is the responsibility of HR and the leaders to create a competitive and healthy environment for improved performance.

The mantra of performance improvement lies in

  • Planning & preparation of the project
  • Effective communication
  • Tracking progress and recording it

Choose the right people for the right task and performance will naturally improve. All successful organizations from Microsoft to Apple have selected right leaders to lead and motivate the organization and achieve the result.

The first and foremost step of improving performance is to arrange a meeting with employees. It is the first step of an effective performance management process. The agenda for this meeting includes four major activities:

1. Developing agreement on the individual’s key job responsibilities

2. Developing goals and objectives that need to be achieved by the teams

3. Identifying the most important competencies that the individual must display in doing the job

4. Creating an executable individual development plan

The role of a team leader is very crucial in improving the performance of a team.  A team leader manages and focuses on the seven characteristics of a high-performing team and helps the team in reaching its goals and objectives in a defined set of time

  • Shared Purpose and Direction
  • Motivating Goals
  • Commitment to Individual and Team Roles
  • Multi-Directional Communication
  • Authority to Decide or Act
  • Reliance on Diverse Talents
  • Mutual Support and Trust

Companies design and develop strategies to improve the performance of their organization. The success of any organization largely depends on its goal-setting and communicating it among the employees. To turn the goal into reality it is important to spread it among the desired group of people and see the result. Authorities measure actual performance against those goals regularly, give feedback to everyone and make changes if necessary.

How do they set clear performance goals? Most owners know what they want their company to become and call it the vision for their company. To make that more tangible, they develop a picture of what they want the company to look like at the end of the next 3 years. They don’t do it by themselves; they get input from and involve their management team members and outside advisors.

Having developed the goals, the owners communicate them and make sure everyone understands them. They hold meetings and tell everyone. They make sure every part of the business knows what their area has to do so that the company can beat its goals. They make sure that the personal goals of every single member of the team support those of the company – this becomes the basis of each employee’s annual performance review. The owners never miss an opportunity for one on one talk with team members about how they – and the company – are doing. They invite questions and constantly ask for input. They encourage people to talk amongst themselves about the company’s goals.

Managing and improving the performance of an organization could be a challenging task. The task of improving the performance becomes more crucial in the time of economic recession. A successful manager knows how to install latest tools and technologies to improve the outcome of the organization.

The task of improving performance is vital for the growth of an organization, strive to achieve best and stick to the consistent performance it will surely help in improving the overall performance of an organization.

  • Vipul

    In brief, but rightly said.

  • Vikalp Saxena

    Thank you sir.