How can we measure the performance of our software engineers?

Posted by Ted Johansson on Nov 8, 2018 10:01:25 AM

That question can send a chill down the spine of many young and aspiring engineering managers, and prompt a jaded sigh from old and weathered ones.

“Here we go again.” “Well, we can’t” is the most common reaction. “At least not in any meaningful way”, another interjects.“Or in ways that aren’t counter productive”, someone adds. “It’s complicated.” So what is it about measurements in software development that is so complicated? Why is it that we can’t, or shouldn’t, measure the performance of our engineers? And what can we do instead? We were faced with these same questions when building our engineering team in EngageRocket, and in this article we will outline some of the things that we have found work, and some that don’t.

We will start by having a look at the most common pitfalls when setting out to measure software development in general, and individual performance in particular.

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Topics: Recognition, Management, Mentoring, HR Tech, Tech

Role of A Well-Defined Strategy for Employee Retention in the Organization

Posted by PeopleFirst on Aug 13, 2018 5:42:29 PM

A well-defined employee retention methods will have a positive and significant impact on the turnover rate of your organization.

According to the Leigh Branham, the Strategic Planning Consultant, more than 70 percent of the managers tend to think that it is the pay that causes an employee to leave. On the contrary, about 88 percent of the employees tend to leave respective jobs not only because of pay but also other factors that may include:

  • Employees often feel the workplace or job doesn’t match their expectation before joining the firm.
  • A mismatch between the job and the skills held by the employee.
  • Minimal coaching with no feedback for the same.
  • Minimal advancement or growth opportunities.
  • Employees feel devalued or unrecognized.
  • Minimal work-life balance that causes stress.
  • Loss of confidence or trust in the senior leaders.
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Topics: Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee retention, ER Highlights, leaders, Management

How To Build A Performance Management System Employees Will Love

Posted by Phylicia Koh on Aug 6, 2018 3:09:52 PM

From the military to start-ups, leaders always want to know the secret sauce to help their teams perform better. This has driven the birth and evolution of performance management systems.

But what is a performance management system?

Why is it important?

Why do people seem to hate existing ones?

And, how can we build one that employees will love?

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Topics: 360 feedback, Employee Engagement, ER Highlights, Management, Performance Management

How To Design Learning For A Multi-Gen Workforce in Singapore

Posted by Phylicia Koh on Jul 31, 2018 5:19:38 PM

Today’s workforce looks less and less like it used to. 95% of TAFEP’s 2014 survey said that they work in multi-generational teams, that has members aged anywhere between 18 to 70.

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Topics: Culture, ER Highlights, learning and development, Learning & Development, Management, Millenials, Millennials, multigenerational workforce, Singapore

Appreciation: A Low-Cost, High-Return Way To Boost Your Business!

Posted by Catherine Cheong on Mar 6, 2018 5:09:20 PM

The concept of employee engagement is nothing new -- it’s been floating around for decades. Most firms know that engaged employees stay longer, strive to work harder and produce more.

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Topics: Appreciation, Culture, Employee Engagement, ER Highlights, Management

How Traditional Employee Engagement Can Crush Productivity

Posted by PeopleFirst on Feb 26, 2018 5:32:23 PM

When it comes to creating employee engagement, 87% of organizations cited it as being one of their top priorities. An estimated 66% of companies survey their people regularly. Yet, in their 2017 global study, Gallup finds that only 15% of employees are engaged at work.

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, ER Highlights, HR analytics, Management, Performance Management

How to Choose the Right Employee Survey Frequency

Posted by Cynthia Giles on Jul 13, 2017 8:37:58 AM

You might find it difficult to believe, but the annual employee survey is almost a hundred years old! In the 1920s, big industrial companies began the practice of asking employees, once a year, about their job satisfaction to search for ways to improve productivity. One time a year was how frequent employee surveys were sent.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, employee survey, Engagement, ER Highlights, HR analytics, Management, survey frequency

Three Leadership Roles That Technology Can't Replace

Posted by Chee Tung on Jul 6, 2017 8:11:07 AM

Backup-Test-and-Implement-New-HR-Sofware[This post was originally published in Forbes on 9 Jun 2017]

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, ER Highlights, HR Tech, Leadership, Management

7 Management Hacks To Improve Employee Productivity

Posted by Casey Shull on Jun 29, 2017 8:37:23 AM

We’re all familiar with Spider-Man’s famous catchphrase: “With great power comes great responsibility.” However, his words no longer apply exclusively to the man who does whatever a spider can.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, employee productivity, employee retention, ER Highlights, Leadership, Management, Performance Management, workplace culture

How to Use 360 Feedback to Crush Your Management Blind Spots

Posted by Syed on Jun 15, 2017 8:37:06 AM

The 360 feedback performance evaluation mechanism has the potential to help you overcome your hidden weaknesses and put your business on the fast track.

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Topics: 360 feedback, ER Highlights, Leadership, Management, Performance Management, workplace culture