Welcome to StangerCarlson’s Talent Minute. I’m Carolyn Carlson. In our recent seminar on Evaluating Team Performance a crowd of over 20 Talent and HR leaders firmly agreed that:
Most employees don’t consider the work of teams their highest priority and most employees don’t believe their contribution to teams is fairly measured or valued.
At a time when more and more work of knowledge workers it shifting to working in teams whether they are permanent work teams, initiative teams or problem-solving teams many companies don’t have a mechanism in place to track performance of teams. And most companies have difficulty incorporating team performance, that is team behavior and results, into overall individual performance. In addition most overall individual performance management systems are heavily weighted towards individual achievement of goals that were set at the beginning of the performance period.
Isn’t it time to fundamentally shift the way we evaluate overall individual performance and incorporate team performance, that is measurement of team behavior and team results? A team by definition, is a group of individuals with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, establish a set of performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves accountable. As more and more work is moved to team based work, a shift to team based performance evaluation is a must.
Thanks for listening to the Talent Minute. I’m Carolyn Carlson. Comments welcome.