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How to create an effective performance development system

Performance development systems need certain key elements, if they’re to be effective in boosting team performance.

We discuss why performance development so often fails, what works, how to create effective goals, write better job descriptions, have constructive conversations and gather meaningful feedback.

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Key benefits of performance development in the workplace

Most organisations have some kind of performance development process in place, but do they really make a difference? Discover whether your organisation really needs to be doing performance development, and the impact it could be having on engagement and retention.

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Understanding the challenges of performance development

There are four main reasons why the current approaches to performance development are failing, including complexity, abstraction and proximity. By understanding the causes of performance development failures, you’ll be better placed to create an effective, user-friendly system that drives results.

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Key characteristics of an effective performance development system

How can you ensure the effectiveness of your performance development process? The key to a successful performance development system lies in its ability to be clear, simple, goal-oriented, and supported by quality performance conversations.

Use neuroscience to create effective performance goals
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How to set performance goals that actually work

Understanding the neuroscience of effective goal setting is essential if you want your employees to perform at their best. How does the medial prefrontal cortex influence decision-making in goal attainment, and what role does the amygdala play in our emotional engagement with goals.

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