Human Resources has jumped on the crowdsourcing bandwagon - leveraging a unique form of the social phenomenon to create better Performance Evaluations. Crowdsourcing was originally coined by Wired Magazine in 2006 Wired and typically refers to businesses involving a community of anonymous people to achieve a particular task, collaborate on a specific project, or solve a challenging issue. Leveraging a crowd for business tasks that have traditionally only involved one or two employees has the benefit of enhancing decision-making and idea generation as diversified opinions, perspectives and expertise are contributed.
Every now and then I take a break from providing consulting and project management services to our clients and have the opportunity to speak to a prospective client who is in the market for a performance management system. It is truly a welcome opportunity as I have the chance to talk about the one-of-a-kind HR software systems we create for our clients. I have found that people are usually very pleasantly surprised, as all too often they are dealing with a less than optimal process that was compromised due to the limited capabilities of their current performance management software.
“When the elephants dance even the grass suffers”.
Hi-po programs are all the rage amongst HR professionals looking to get progressive with their HRM practices. It is true, that an effectively run program can significantly increase the development, promotability, and retention of high performers, but some organizations struggle to integrate tools that will measure if/when this has happened.