SOURCE: SilkRoad


November 30, 2015 09:00 ET

New HR Research: 45% of Managers Lack the Skills to Coach and Develop Employees

New SilkRoad Research Examines Performance Reviews in the Workplace

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - SilkRoad (, a global leader in cloud-based talent management solutions, conducted exclusive research to examine how organizations are currently conducting performance reviews, how HR professionals feel about those reviews, and their plans for future improvement. Among the findings, 45% of managers lack the skills to coach and develop employees.

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Why the dissatisfaction?

  • 73% of HR professionals reported inconsistent performance standards across the organization
  • 58% reported a weak connection between employee performance and compensation
  • 32% do not have the time to assess employee performance throughout the year

Room for improvement

  • 37% of those surveyed reported that they will be utilizing technology this year to improve their performance review process
    • Through automated performance reviews, HR professionals can save time to focus on training managers on things like giving effective feedback
  • 15% reported that their organizations are making the move to "agile performance management" (employees continuously or frequently evaluated)

Supporting Quote

  • "It's clear that current dissatisfaction with the traditional performance review process demands changes within organizations looking to thrive," said Edward Vesely, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at SilkRoad. "HR professionals must define what they hope to accomplish in their performance reviews, then effectively utilize automation to reach those goals."

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SilkRoad conducted the "Performance Management" research using an online survey instrument (SurveyMonkey). Findings were compiled and aggregated by a third-party agency. 90% of respondents had more than 250 employees at their organization; 46% had more than 1,000. 89% had five or more years of experience in Recruiting, Learning, Development, or HR. 78% had more than 10 years. Survey respondents' were at a senior level in their companies: titles ranged from Chief Human Resources Officer, V.P. and Director of HR, to Director of Personnel and Vice President of Talent Management.

About SilkRoad

SilkRoad is a leading global provider of cloud-based, end-to-end talent management solutions that enable customers to find, attract, develop, and retain the best talent. The award-winning SilkRoad Life Suite includes Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, and HRMS solutions that are delivered through a tablet-friendly Talent Portal. The suite is easy to deploy and use -- a single platform to rapidly boost employee engagement and business performance. Visit, follow on Twitter @SilkRoadTweets or call 866-329-3363 (U.S. toll free) or +1-312-574-3700.

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