SOURCE: Workscape

Workscape

January 06, 2010 09:00 ET

Workscape Performance Manager Lauded as Successful Year-Round Workforce Communications Platform

Innovatively Addresses Organizations' Growing Need to Retain Top Performers and Develop High Potential Employees

MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2010) - Workscape, Inc., a leading provider of integrated HR solutions and services, today announced details of the latest release of its Performance Manager solution. With the new release, Performance Manager has further enhanced its value as a year-round manager-employee communications platform that can help companies optimize workforce productivity, retain top performers and develop "high potentials."

With an economic recovery on the horizon, companies are changing from survival mode to positioning for success. This shift will increase new employment opportunities with competitors for key talent. In anticipation of this trend, better communications between managers and employees is even more critical to diminish flight risk and keep top performers fully engaged.

"For companies to achieve competitive gains as the economy improves, they need to fully leverage the skills of their best and brightest talent. They cannot wait until an annual review event for employees to understand their goals and their value to the organization," commented Tony Marzulli, Workscape's Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. "With our latest release, Workscape Performance Manager supports regular employee-manager check-ins using a one-screen approach that can be easily integrated into busy schedules."

Performance Manager's groundbreaking employee-centric model ties goals and development plans to an employee, not to the date of an annual evaluation. This enables organizations to transfer from a rigid culture of annual performance evaluations to a communications-centric culture with ongoing workforce interaction and planning, 365 days a year. Its enhanced performance profiles provide managers with an easy, visible means of tracking goals and activity status. Employees can view a simple snapshot of all their goals, competencies and development plans on one screen so they know what is expected of them at all times.

These features, combined with Workscape's goal alignment capabilities, enable employees to quickly and easily visualize the relationship between their goals and relevant corporate goals and see how their work supports department, division and corporate objectives.

Pat Ahern, Manager at Swift Transportation, commented, "Workscape Performance Manager inspires our managers to be more proactive in their relationships with employees. Our managers love the user interface, which is clean, easy-to-use and very flexible. The ease at which they can view reports -- such as those that provide a quick look at the progress of goals and competencies -- is especially helpful in managers' efforts to improve ongoing communication with employees."

Marzulli added, "Workscape's user experience is simpler and more intuitive compared to other performance management solutions on the market. This uncluttered approach gives managers more time to focus on fostering valuable communication with employees instead of data entry."

According to Knowledge Infusion research titled Transforming and Evolving Your Performance Management Process, "...organizations that delay the performance planning and goal setting process keep individuals wondering too far into the performance cycle about which tasks and goals they will be formally evaluated against. New performance management technology provides executives with a clear line of sight into the goals of their organizations, thus ensuring that individuals within their organizations are working toward common goals and objectives."

Workscape's third-generation Performance Manager is available now. This release marks a tight integration with other solutions in Workscape's talent management suite including Compensation Planner. For more information, please contact Workscape by calling 888-605-9620 or visit http://www.workscape.com/Solutions/PerformanceManager.aspx.

About Workscape

Workscape is unique in its ability and demonstrated domain expertise in addressing the talent management, benefits administration and employee communication challenges of hundreds of organizations and millions of workers across the country and across the globe. For more than a decade, Workscape has been delivering Web-based software and services that are proven to help organizations reduce healthcare costs, improve adherence to compensation budgets and ensure alignment between employee activities and corporate goals. As a result, Workscape's employee-centric approach has consistently helped organizations to achieve the highest return on their greatest workforce expenditures: healthcare benefits and employee compensation. For more information about Workscape, visit www.workscape.com, follow twitter.com/workscape or call 888-605-9620.