Recognise This – Performance management systems must not measure only results while ignoring company culture and values.

I’m often asked, “Where’s the ROI in recognition?” One answer is in the dramatic, double-digit boost strategic employee recognition regularly gives to employee engagement. (Towers Watson reported a 15% increase in employee engagement correlates to a 2% increase in operating income.)

Another less obvious but more powerful impact on revenue is having a strategy for improving company performance through your people.

Mark Harbeke reported on analysis of companies who applied for Winning Workplaces’ Top Small Company Workplaces award that those how had such a strategy had a 41% higher average revenue in2010 than those who did not.

Mark’s research into small companies is born out in CEO research conducted by Hay Group, reporting:

Katie LeMaire, vice president at Hay Group, commented: “Most organisations view performance management as a process for controlling compensation. Leading organisations treat it as a management process that empowers employees to drive performance and creates discretionary effort.”

The disconnect in poor performance management practices is clearly significant. The Hay Group research has born out our findings that a deep understanding of the company values and strategic objectives – to a level that it matters to employees in their work – and a company culture of appreciation based on mutual respect is foundational to company success.

Blending detailed, specific employee recognition data with performance management processes not only adds data points to a performance review. It also ensures the performance management system clearly reflects how individual employees (and even teams and divisions) are producing to deliver the strategic objectives in line with the company values.

Be sure to read my colleague Carol Meyers’ post on these research results to see how this is critical to increasing productivity when employees are already producing beyond capacity but executives are not yet ready to increase hiring.

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