Measuring Performance
In This Issue

Regardless of size or industry, all organizations must develop ways to assess performance, measure productivity, and compensate employees. Avoiding the pitfalls that come with these processes can be difficult. The following articles and resources offer tips and examples on what should be measured, how best to use the data, and why linking pay to performance will benefit workers and the organization.

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For a limited time only, download The Evolution of the Pay Crisis, a chapter excerpt from The Sin of Wages. Written by measurement and incentive pay expert William Abernathy, this chapter provides the history behind what has led organizations to adopt the current pay and management systems. 


Learn why today’s conventional pay systems fail to be as effective as intended and be introduced to Abernathy’s seven sins of entitlement pay. Every organization faces decisions regarding pay and performance. This chapter will put you on the path to uncovering what may be wrong with your organization’s current pay structure and offer insight into what can be changed.


Big Brother is Measuring You!
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Big Brother is Measuring YouOne of the best ways to learn how to improve performance is to measure it. However, as with many processes in the business world, it isn’t just about what you do but how you do it. Amazon, the giant online retailer, is experiencing some criticism for how it utilizes measurement tools in its Staffordshire, England factory.
Employees are required to carry electronic devices that monitor their job performance, but the reporting of the data is misused by managers who use it to deliver remote admonishment. In this latest blog post, Aubrey Daniels discusses how the factory should use the data to create a positive impact and gain greater improvements to productivity, morale, and overall performance.


Productivity in the Modern Office: A Matter of Impact


Measuring the productivity of knowledge workers continues to be a challenge for most organizations. The focus is frequently placed more on quantity than quality, causing more attention to be paid to results than the process. Looking at just outcomes and not at how they are achieved can backfire as employees typically find ways around the process while still managing to meet their goals.
Blanket policies and a results-only approach don’t work to improve workplace productivity for everyone. Learn why balanced measures of productivity and addressing issues on an individual basis will do more for meeting business metrics.



The Need for an Integrated Performance Measurement System


Performance measurement systems in organizations are meant to help align goals and the steps needed to reach them. However, these systems often lack integration and that can lead to disconnected measures that fail to deliver results.
In this article, Dr. William Abernathy outlines the five levels of organizational measurement that provide a comprehensive look at company performance. By defining what each of these levels look like for your business, it will allow for optimal employee and overall organizational performance by improving communication, aligning strategy and goals, and uncovering trouble spots that hinder one or more of the five levels.


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Pay for Profit
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Pay for Profit

In this recently updated book, author Dr. William Abernathy guides readers through both the development and long-term management of an effective performance system and outlines how to create employee ‘stakeholders’ focused on the company’s success. 

Giving Them the Business
Generating Performance that Pays

The Bob Barker Company

Learn how the Bob Barker Company utilized a performance measurement and profit-indexed pay system to empower employees, increase productivity, and discover cost savings. This article discusses the benefits of tying employee pay to company profits and provides advice on how to implement a profit-indexed pay system in your organization.

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Now available for purchase in the ADI store, get 30-day access to our 3-part webinar series on Achieving Success through Pay and Performance. Topics covered include understanding the benefits of alternative pay systems, the importance of measuring and tracking performance that leads to results, and how to create a stakeholder culture among employees.

The 10 Commandments of Performance Measurement

The 10 Commandments of Performance Measurement

Empowering and engaging employees is important for their work satisfaction and for the performance of your organization. Creating a system where workers have a stake in the financial success of your company is one way for everyone to benefit. Read these do’s and don’ts of performance measurement to learn best practices and also what to avoid.