Next-generation performance management

What is next-generation performance management?

Performance management is no longer a once-a-year activity that is separate from your organization’s strategy. The next generation of performance is an ongoing process that is part of your company’s unique business rhythm.

The world of work is changing rapidly. Gone are the days of one-and-done appraisals, set-it-and-forget-it goals, and don’t ask/don’t tell feedback. Today’s leadership and HR teams know that their people want an ongoing understanding of their performance and their connection to the organization’s goals, better communication with their managers and peers, and an investment in their growth and development.

The benefits of next-generation performance management

  • Improves communication and trust between managers and employees and drives meaningful performance conversations all year round
  • Drives outcomes by connecting individual goals with organizational goals, for better engagement, connection and ongoing accountability for business performance
  • Makes continuous feedback a part of organizational culture upwards, downwards and peer-to-peer – so employees understand what’s working well, and what they can do to be more successful
  • Supports employee development and career progression by connecting employee strengths and areas for improvement and growth with continuous learning experiences and support
  • Recognizes and recaps achievements and summarize performance at any interval that suits business needs

Keys to success

This Center of Excellence provides the articles, tools, tips and best practices to help you make next-generation performance management a reality in your organization.


Next-generation performance will help you develop an ongoing performance management cycle that fits your unique business rhythm, reflects the individual needs of employees and drives the results that matter to your organization and your people.

Driving the future of performance management

The work world is changing, and traditional performance management processes just don’t cut it anymore. More organizations are looking for alternatives to performance appraisals, and moving to ongoing performance management, which focuses on regular manager-employee check-ins, employee contribution and engagement. This eBook includes steps to take before transitioning to continuous performance management, as well as essentials for emphasizing engagement through employee satisfaction and contribution.

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The value of ongoing performance management

Performance management is often viewed as an isolated activity with a finite start and stop date when the truth is, managing performance is an ongoing activity. There’s good reason for this, too. Companies that invest in ongoing performance improve revenue, retention and customer satisfaction. In this article, learn more about the value of continuous performance management.

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5 ways to transform the annual performance review

Is it time to say “good-bye” to the annual performance review? Yes, no, maybe? Get the answers in this eBook. Discover how to reinvent your old annual review process into something that’s more strategic and responsive, and aligns and engages your entire organization. You’ll learn about the five best practices to transform the annual employee performance review and how to implement them.

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21st century thinking on performance management

It’s time to modernize your approach to performance management. In this video, Dr. Chris Lee rejects outdated approaches to managing performance, and promotes 21st century tactics that focus on feedback, coaching, conversations and technology. We’ve also included a link to 360-degree feedback forms created with Halogen 360 Multirater™, to give you examples of layouts, rating scales and content.

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The problems with traditional performance reviews and what to do about them

This handy infographic examines what usually happens in traditional performance reviews, what HR, managers and employees want to happen, and how to ensure everyone gets what they want and need from performance reviews. Learn how to help your managers and employees benefit from constructive, clear communication.

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Driving the future of performance management with Halogen Software

Halogen Software performance management solution includes everything you need to establish a culture of ongoing feedback, coaching and development. In this webinar, learn more about how our software, services and content help you align, engage and inspire your people to achieve the results that matter to your business.

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The Importance of 1:1 meetings and check-in sessions

Many companies have come to the realization that there is a need for managers to have robust, ongoing conversations with staff members about how they’re performing. In this article, see how leading companies are making ongoing performance management a part of their business rhythm. Plus, get tips on how to make continuous feedback a reality in your organization.

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Delivering on the competency promise

Many companies have come to the realization that there is a need for managers to have robust, ongoing conversations with staff members about how they’re performing. In this article, see how leading companies are making ongoing performance management a part of their business rhythm. Plus, get tips on how to make continuous feedback a reality in your organization.

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4 Strategies for aligning your talent and business plans

Part of HR’s role is to help the company develop and implement a talent strategy that supports the goals of the business. The business needs practical, actionable strategies that will help them win the talent game. In this webinar, Sharlyn Lauby explores four ways to align your talent strategy with the business strategy and how technology can help.

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When you eliminate performance appraisals, what do you do about pay?

There has been a lot of buzz about organizations eliminating employee performance appraisals. What’s not easy to understand is what they’re going to do about setting pay. In this article, industry thought leader David Creelman examines the question, “If you eliminate performance appraisals, how do you make decisions about pay?”

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Not sure where to begin your next-generation performance journey? Check out our free eBooks, templates, webinars, sample forms and how-to articles for help setting up and maintaining your next-generation performance management process.

Performance management 101 workbook

Updating your performance management process can be a challenge, but it’s essential to shift your organization from an old cycle and mindset to a new paradigm that makes the process more strategic and meaningful. This workbook includes templates and best-practice resources to help you improve your performance management process.

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Feedback and coaching templates

At the heart of the next generation of performance management is an ongoing performance conversation between leaders and employees. When feedback and coaching are done well, they help improve performance, and drive development and engagement. This set of templates provides tools to help managers deliver effective feedback, start conversations for 1:1 meetings as well as coaching tips.

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Goal setting template

Effective goal management is one of the key components of high-impact performance management in organizations. Use these templates to help your managers and employees set and update goals to foster accountability and connection to organizational outcomes.

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Employee development plan templates

Employee development focused on continuous improvement and personal growth for employees is a foundational tenet of ongoing performance management. Employee development is forward focused and meant to increase employee satisfaction and contribution to the organization. These templates will help your employees and managers create meaningful development plans that support development and growth.

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Change management plan template

Change management is about getting your employees to behave differently, whether it’s to follow a new process, use a new tool or adopt a new focus. To achieve the lasting benefits you hope for, you need make sure your change initiative is smoothly implemented and fully adopted by all stakeholder groups. This template outlines some key information/messages you need to define and communicate, and actions you can take to ensure your change is successful.

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Learn how other successful organizations are leveraging ongoing performance management to achieve outcomes that matter to their business.

Basic American Foods feeds skilled, development-focused culture

Basic American Foods (BAF) is a leader and innovator in convenience foods. The company knows the key to success is its people, and is constantly looking for ways to develop and manage its employees. In this case study, you’ll learn how BAF improved its performance management process and now has a complete picture of employee performance. BAF has created a culture focused on feedback and development, where employees are more engaged and accountable.

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s culture of ongoing coaching and feedback

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery makes “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Its talent management strategy is anything but off-centered. Since implementing Halogen Talentspace™, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has created a culture of ongoing performance management, shifting the focus to conversations rather than numbers. Today, the craft brewer’s performance management strategy is a major competitive advantage as it retains highly sought after talent.

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Employee engagement made simple at Edwards Marshall

Talent management initiatives at this professional services firm are centered on people development, organizational alignment and delivering meaningful feedback to team members. Learn more about how these initiatives are supported and nurtured with Halogen.

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Halogen’s cloud-based solutions can help you make ongoing performance management the heart of your company’s talent strategy.

Inspire high performance every day

Performance management programs can fall short if managers and employees see the process as a negative experience, or performance management isn’t clearly linked to the overall success of the business. That’s why Halogen’s performance management solution includes easily configurable software, consulting and professional services, content and support. These elements work together to create a process that is easy to use, transparent and promotes ongoing coaching and feedback.

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Selecting a talent management suite: Experts share the real story

One of the biggest challenges facing HR leaders is selecting a talent management system \(TMS\). In this white paper, Human Capital Analyst David Creelman has gathered insights from leading HR technology experts and HR professionals on some of the key considerations that go into the process of finding a TMS. It includes a step-by-step guide to building your selection team, creating a selection strategy and presenting a business case to your C-suite.

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