Evidence-Based Improvements to Performance Management – Stop Rearranging the Titanic’s Deck Chairs

Patrick Smitowski

Senior Director, Human Resources at Evidence-Based Improvements to Performance Management – Stop Rearranging the Titanic’s Deck Chairs

Learning Objectives

Performance management is the most difficult HR system to get right. An abundance of quality research exists that could better inform this work. Organizations, however, continue to engage in well-meaning changes that are usually not sufficient for enabling a truly effective system that enables employee performance. One problem can be a lack of awareness of how to identify and access the best available research. Another challenge can be working with leaders who believe the quality of their judgment exceeds that of academic and practitioner research. This presentation aims to bridge the gap between academic evidence on effective performance management and common organizational practice and highlight key strategies for making successful changes in any organization.


Key Takeaways:



  • Participants will learn what factor is most critical for effective performance management

  • The presentation will also discuss how to find the best evidence to inform decisions on practice improvement

  • Lastly, we will cover the most important thing to do before beginning any effort to improve performance management in an organization