Managers are responsible for establishing and reinforcing work priorities and standards of performance. Reinforcing expectations requires interaction with subordinates and is most effective when the manager personally observes, rather than reading or hearing about, performance behaviors and immediately provides feedback. Lasting individual and organization performance improvement occurs through ongoing reassessment supported by performance data collection, documentation, and analysis used to reinforce desired individual and group behaviors, modify counterproductive behaviors, and eliminate organizational barriers to performance excellence. A well designed and executed management observation program serves as an effective performance improvement and reinforcement tool to achieve these long-term performance changes.
“You can expect only what you inspect.”
The management observation program is an integral part of an organization’s evaluation and control program. By design, these observation programs compel direct management observation of and feedback on work performed while supporting the performance data collection and analysis needed to realize lasting, beneficial personnel and organizational performance change. They typically consist of predefined performance assessment scorecards, a data collection and analysis application, key performance indicators and reports, and a governing procedure. This procedure defines required observation topics, frequencies, and quality standards as well as documentation and feedback protocols and data analysis, trend reporting, and corrective action; all aligned to support achievement of organizational values and mission goals.
Focus of the Management Observation Program Forum
Materials in this forum focus on the underlying principles, best practices, and warning flags associated with establishing and executing a management observation program aligned with organizational values and mission goals that effectively modifies personnel and organizational behaviors for the achievement of superior results. The following articles, podcasts, documents, and resources cover those topics critical to a robust management observation program.
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- Best Practice – Immediate Feedback
- Best Practice – Program Alignment with Established Performance Standards
- Best Practice – Use of Standard Observation Forms
- Best Practice – Observation Quotas
- Best Practice – Observation Training, Grading, and Quality Assessments
- Best Practice – Observation Announcement Timing
- Best Practice – Documented and Signed Observations
- Best Practice – Cross Organizational Trending
- Best Practice – Feeding the Performance Management Program
- Best Practice – Foundational, Situational, Event-based, and Random Observations
- Best Practice – Anyone Can Write an Observation [SG]
- Best Practice – Documented Management Observation Program
- Best Practice – Metrics and Results Communication
- Best Practice – Criteria Scoring System
- Best Practice – Selecting an Activity to be Observed
- Best Practice – Don’t Tolerate Substandard Observations
- Best Practice – Paired Observations
- Best Practice – Observation Transparency
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