A new Institute for Corporate
Productivity (i4cp) study has found that U.S. organizations are stuck
in the past when it comes to employee performance management policies,
while emerging markets are utilizing practices more highly correlated
with market performance.
Key findings from the
three-country comparisons are outlined in
Performance Management: A Comparison of Brazil, Russia and the U.S.,
which is based on responses from 1,427 organizations. The results
suggest that years of familiarity with performance management have led
to frustration and a loss of focus for U.S. organizations, while Russia
and Brazil are building programs from the ground up that take past
mistakes into account.
The U.S. falls behind in five
key areas of performance management:
firms are less likely to apply
performance management at all organizational levels.
The U.S. applies performance
management to individual contributor-level
employees more than Brazil and Russia, but is 35% less likely to
conduct performance management with executives, despite that practice
having a high correlation with market performance.
2. U.S. organizations offer less training
in effective performance management for supervisors.
The U.S. offers less training
to supervisors on managing performance in
all six of the training categories queried on. For example, in the
U.S., 37% fewer firms reported that they train supervisors on how to
develop goals with their employees.
3. U.S. performance management systems do
not address low performers.
More organizations in Brazil
(46%) and Russia (41%) address low
performers through targeted development plans, probationary periods,
terminations and transfers than in the U.S. (34%).
4. Individual goal accomplishments are
not considered as important in U.S. organizations.
While Brazil and Russia
consider individual goal accomplishment a top
measure of success, U.S. respondents point to performance review
completion rates as their top success metric.
5. U.S. firms are not as forward-focused
as their peers in Brazil and Russia.
U.S. respondents were less
likely than those in Brazil and Russia to
focus on forward-looking elements of their performance management
process, such as goal-setting and developmental plans. Instead, U.S.
organizations favor the more passive task of establishing performance
The report, which is available
as a free download for a limited time,
presents these key findings in more detail and illuminates the
performance management danger zones that U.S. firms need to recognize
Future reports in this series
– to be released in the fall
exclusively for i4cp member organizations – will examine the
ways that high-performing organizations are differentiating themselves
in the global performance management arena and will spotlight the
specific practices of firms in the U.S., Brazil and Russia.