Performance management is about creating a culture which encourages the continuous improvement of people skills, behaviours and contributions to the organisation. It’s a key part of the relationship between staff and managers.

Explore our resources, including factsheets and reports, detailing managing performance, appraisal and reviews, feedback and using competency frameworks. Listen to our podcasts to keep up to date with the latest thinking on performance management.

Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

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Factsheets
Performance reviews
Understand the basics of performance reviews and how to ensure the process adds value to the organisation
Factsheets
Performance management: an introduction
Understand how to build an effective approach to performance management, including the tools that can support it
Factsheets
Competence and competency frameworks
Examines the history, principles and current practice around competence and competency frameworks
Factsheets
Performance-related pay
Introduces performance-related pay and issues linking employee pay and performance

Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

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Guides
Technology use in employee performance management
Guidance on how technology can be leveraged to support employee performance management

Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

4 Reports about Performance management
Reports
People analytics: driving business performance with people data
A global survey of multiple professional perspectives on people data and people analytics
Reports
Driving performance and productivity
Research findings from Towards Maturity explore how learning interventions lead to business benefits
Reports
Strengths-based performance conversations: an organisational field trial
Our organisational field trial shows what difference strengths-based performance conversations can make in the UK public sector
Reports
Productivity: getting the best out of people
Outlines ways in which organisations and government can increase productivity, based on research with HR leaders

Case studies

Learn from real world examples of how other people professionals and organisations work with the CIPD to approach key challenges and objectives.

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Case studies
Performance management: BBC
A case study on using evidence-based practice to reinvigorate performance management practices
Case studies
Solving business problems with people analytics: Novartis
Evolving a new approach to performance management

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

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Thought leadership
Is spotlighting strengths the way to success?
Not just another fad… taking a strengths-based approach and reframing failure to positively influence outcomes.
Thought leadership
The positive side of anxiety
Moderate levels of stress can be harnessed to good effect. Work-anxious employees who are motivated are likely to harness anxiety to help them focus on tasks
Thought leadership
Is it 'engagement' or simply good management practice?
Being all in it together is intrinsic to employee engagement. But in an age of individualism, should we measure workplace satisfaction differently?

Podcasts

Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

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Podcasts
Harnessing Pressure to Drive Performance
Episode 182: We often view pressure at work as negative, something to be avoided at all costs. But is eliminating all stress really a good thing when it comes to optimising employee performance?

Evidence review

Evidence reviews enable you to ask the critical questions and use evidence for better decision-making.

4 Evidence reviews about Performance management
Evidence review
Knowledge work performance: An evidence review
Our research explores the definition of knowledge work and the key factors that support knowledge worker performance
Evidence review
Performance feedback: An evidence review
Our research explores the factors that make feedback effective in improving performance and how this can be put into practice by people professionals
Evidence review
People performance: an evidence review
Our research explores individual and team performance, how it can be measured, and which models can be used to evaluate it
Evidence review
Performance management: Could do better?
Applying evidence-based practice to this crucial area of people management

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

19 Bitesize research about Performance management
Bitesize research
Improving feedback to improve performance
This research outlines recommendations for making feedback discussions more constructive, with advice on becoming a good listener and learning about how relationships affect the uptake of feedback
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Bitesize research
Overcoming common barriers to successful teamwork
What are some of the most common challenges that negatively impact teamwork and what practices can leaders and people professionals adopt to overcome these?
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Evidence-based approaches to handling rejection at work
Research explores how to manage rejection in the workplace to minimise negative outcomes with practical tips for people professionals and managers
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Effect of perceived fairness in the context of failed promotions
An examination of how employees’ perception of fairness affect their response to an unsuccessful promotion
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Challenge of cultivating creativity in employee performance
What happens when employees are put under pressure to be creative?
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Can AI feedback improve employee performance?
Exploring the impact of AI feedback and whether it’s a passing trend or here to stay
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Are personality tests over-rated?
The impact of widely-used personality scales on performance and development remains unclear
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Ratingless performance reviews
Are ratingless performance reviews the way forward?
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Is it curtains for performance evaluation?
Exploring the effectiveness of performance evaluation
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The impact of job redesign on performance
A systematic evidence review
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Evaluating the impact of human resource management systems
Read more about the impact of HRM systems
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Managing the fallout from social comparison
Read how leaders can manage social comparison
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Building a firm foundation for performance pay
Why it pays to review rewards on a regular basis
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HRM and talent management – driving performance
Exploring the relationship between HR management and high performance practices
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What makes flexible working work?
Insights on flexible working in practice
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Speaking the new language of teamworking
Get insights into working together better
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Performance measures – getting employees’ input
View a summary of key findings from this study
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Making the move from performance ratings
Provides insights into one organisation’s move from formal performance ratings
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Performance priorities – a sign of the times?
Why are organisations moving away from traditional annual performance reviews and changing their approaches?
For Members

Learning

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