What to choose?
The HR tech market has grown dramatically over the past decade. Since Appraisd was founded in 2012, hundreds of new systems have launched. There is a huge amount of choice available, which can be daunting. So, if you are looking for a new performance management platform, where do you start? Do you plump for an all-in-one solution that covers a wide range of different areas or do you choose something more specific, created especially for the job?
Simple or specialist?
All-in-one HR systems are a little like supermarkets. For simple, straightforward shopping like your weekly grocery shop they tick a lot of boxes. However, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, perhaps a gift for someone special, a boutique on your local high street might be more appropriate. The performance management module in an all-in-one system is unlikely to be their core focus. Usually, it is something that has been bolted on to the main system and limited in scope and functionality.
Getting your performance management process right is a little like creating a specialist recipe. It is about finding the right blend of elements that work for your organisation. Being able to customise your approach is vital to fit your business requirements, achieve buy-in from employees and deliver positive benefits. Things like being able to tailor the language on your review forms, update objectives if circumstances change and alter the review cycle for different departments can all create a more personalised and relevant experience for employees.
"We were very clear about the problems we needed to fix and the solution that we wanted. From our own experience of developing technology, we know systems that have one main focus tend to have every angle covered and enormous attention to detail. This is what we wanted, and broader HR tools with an added performance management function weren’t up to the job.”<div class="author">Andrzej Ogonowski, Co-Founder and Head of Platform at Growsari</div>
How to choose the right performance management platform
When it comes to finding the perfect performance management platform, there are six key areas that organisations should investigate. These are:
- Customer service/support
- User experience
Before beginning any search for a performance management platform, consider how important each of these elements are to your organisation. What is it that you absolutely must have and what could you compromise on? Is something that initially looks like a good deal, but not giving you everything that you need? Can it evolve with your business or will making changes or adding new elements be difficult?
Here’s how Appraisd shapes up against all-in-one HR systems to help you make a direct comparison.
If you are considering a new performance management platform or looking to change your existing one, talk to one of our experts. They will take the time to discover your needs, your priorities and your current processes to understand your business and how we can help your performance management work better.