SilkRoad Unveils Agile Performance for Talent Activation at HR Technology Conference & Expo

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Included apps maximize productivity, engagement and alignment with corporate objective

Today’s managers and employees crave real-time feedback and collaboration for improving performance; after all, employee expectations and goals should align with company goals

SilkRoad, a global leader in cloud-based talent activation solutions, announced today from the HR Technology Conference and Expo the availability of SilkRoad Agile Performance, designed to help organizations activate employee performance with apps for Check-ins, Goals and Reviews that maximize productivity, engagement and alignment with corporate objectives. It’s the simple alternative to traditional performance appraisals.

Recent research from Accenture Strategy found only one-third of all respondents believe their current performance management approaches effectively support the delivery of business objectives, while 89 percent of employees believe their performance would significantly improve with a change in performance management. SilkRoad Agile Performance addresses these concerns across all levels of an organization.

Managers gain simple-but-powerful tools to engage employees with ongoing performance feedback, clear visibility into goals and effective performance reviews. Employees get an intuitive interface for soliciting feedback on job or project performance, easily tracking progress on goals and quick completion performance reviews. HR receives powerful dashboards to stay informed and simple process creation wizards to take the burden out of implementing a new performance management tool.

“It’s time to sunset the annual performance review focusing on and measuring the past; nobody finds them useful or rewarding,” said David Winter, senior vice president, product management and strategy for SilkRoad. “Today’s managers and employees crave real-time feedback and collaboration for improving performance; after all, employee expectations and goals should align with company goals. When those goals shift, as they frequently do, employee expectations have to follow suit. A lack of real time feedback leads to a frustrated and disengaged employee which ends up negatively impacting the bottom line in many ways.”

SilkRoad Agile Performance offers many features to keep employees actively engaged:

  • Feedback: Employees can give, receive and request feedback from anyone in the company.
  • Expectations: Create shared clarity on what the employee is working on in the near-term and how it will be accomplished.
  • Check-in meeting: Employees and managers have a direct conversation to discuss the employee’s expectations, feedback and career on a schedule that works best for them.
  • Goal Creation: Create a goal in under a minute with the simple to use goal creation tool.
  • Review Process Set up: Create your review process in minutes with easy to use wizards. Speed the time to value and be ready to use reviews in your organization faster.
  • Mobile: Makes it easy to complete any activity on the go.
  • Intuitive Interface: Facilitate faster user adoption and reduce dependence on training.
  • Dashboards: Provides direct insight to HR into how the ongoing check-in process is progressing.

Avid Solutions, an industrial automation and information consulting firm based in North Carolina, recently utilized SilkRoad Agile Performance to overcome significant challenges associated with collecting constructive, real-time feedback in a highly matrixed environment.

“Employees and managers liked it, because it was easy to use and had a shorter format. It also enabled much more direct feedback between everyone, especially with our cross-matrix situation,” said Tracy Cini, director of Human Resources, Avid Solutions. “One of our managers shared that the reviews have been the most productive that they have been a part of in their career. The simple and easy-to-use format kept the emphasis on the conversation versus forms and ratings. This encouraged open and honest discussion instead of spending time reviewing checklists, ratings and forms. This enhanced the openness and productivity of the review cycle.”

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About SilkRoad
SilkRoad, the world’s leader in Talent Activation, transforms traditional talent management and employee engagement technology into a continuum of experiences for activating employees along their journeys—from first touch to last. SilkRoad empowers HR teams to engage their people in delivering on business success. SilkRoad customers want to source, hire and recruit top talent, onboard them fast and assist them in their development into top performers. For more information, visit, follow on Twitter @SilkRoadTweets or call 866–329–3363 (U.S. toll free) or +1–312–574–3700.

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