September 10, 2007 08:00 ET

Taleo Re-Invents Performance Management With Breakthrough New Product

Cutting Edge Solution Puts an End to Useless Annual Performance Reviews, Serves as a Powerful Management Tool and a Career Planning Resource for Employees

Dynamic and Engaging Interface Uses Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Networking to Drive Viral Adoption

New Survey Examines Factors for Employee Motivation and Satisfaction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - At Taleo World 2007, Taleo Corporation (NASDAQ: TLEO) today announced Taleo Performance, a breakthrough new solution that transforms how organizations manage and motivate their most important assets -- their people. Taleo Performance is an engaging and dynamic application that enables continuous performance management and gives managers a single view of all the information they need to motivate, develop and align talent with the company's business goals. Taleo Performance, which is the only solution built on a unified talent platform, includes Performance Management, Goals Management, Career Management and Succession Planning.

A new Taleo Research survey conducted online by Harris Interactive examined the factors that motivate employee performance and satisfaction. A lack of growth opportunities was cited as the top reason for having voluntarily left a job among respondents who consider themselves motivated employees. Growth opportunities are clearly important to good employees, yet only 12% of full and part-time workers say that their employers give them a career path plan. In addition, 57% of survey respondents say that they have either never had a performance review or said it was neutral to not useful; only 21% of employees who have ever had a performance review considered their most recent one to be extremely useful. For more survey data, see the related press release.

Typical performance management solutions simply automate outdated manual processes for performance reviews. Taleo Performance puts an end to useless annual performance reviews. By integrating with daily business productivity tools such as Microsoft Outlook, users can quickly request and capture feedback and supporting documents on an ongoing basis throughout the year without ever logging into the application. This ongoing feedback process facilitates continuous performance management and also simplifies developing performance reviews as the manager has to simply organize, compare and synthesize the information.

How is Taleo Performance Different?

-- Intuitive User Interface -- The solution, which was developed in Adobe Flex, has the look and feel of a consumer internet application, making it approachable and accessible for managers and employees. Traditionally, user adoption has been a barrier to the success of performance management solutions.

-- Social Networking and Collaboration -- Employees can view career paths taken by other employees throughout the organization to identify career mentors. Users can also build their own networks by adding individuals or importing whole groups from tools like Microsoft Outlook and LinkedIn. Users can work together to gather performance review information, collaborate on goals and projects, receive feedback on succession plans and hundreds of other job-oriented tasks.

-- User Generated Content -- Taleo Performance removes the burden from HR of developing and maintaining common performance data in favor of content that is dynamically generated by users.

-- Breadth of Functionality -- Taleo Performance goes beyond traditional performance management solutions to include career and succession planning in addition to performance and goals management.

-- Unified Functionality -- Linking performance data and career preference gives unprecedented visibility into all the information needed to simplify managing talent across multiple business units, organizations, geographies or talent types.

-- Proven Platform -- Taleo has 1,200 customers, 1,000,000 users and 66,000,000 candidates running on its leading on demand, web-based platform for talent management. It is the most robust and reliable platform in the industry with over 99.9% availability.

Click here for a more detailed comparison of how Taleo Performance stacks up against traditional performance management solutions.

Comments on Taleo Performance Management:

"Harnessing the power of the talent within your organization is the key to success in the talent age, yet the existing tools for managing and developing talent are totally inadequate and simply automate outdated manual processes," said Michael Gregoire, CEO of Taleo. "Taleo transforms performance management from a once a year obligation into a competitive edge that businesses can use to harness innovation and facilitate execution to achieve outstanding business results."

"Taleo Performance should be part of the DNA of any talent-driven organization," said Eric Niman, Director of HR Business Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. "The ability to dynamically align individual goals and reviews with overall business needs is powerful and compelling."

"Taleo Performance is a unique and promising new solution that has the opportunity to truly transform the way business handles talent management," says Josh Bersin, CEO of Bersin & Associates.

Jason Averbook, CEO of Knowledge Infusion says, "Based on our forthcoming Talent Management Suite adoption study, usability has become the most important factor when selecting a Talent Management Suite. We are excited to see Taleo place such importance on usability in the Taleo Performance Solution. This is what will make Taleo successful and their users successful in the war on talent."

Why do Companies Need Performance Management Now?

-- Current performance rankings are ineffective. A recent BusinessWeek poll surveyed 2000 executives, and 90% of managers and 97% of executives ranked themselves in the top 10% of performers. Today's Performance Management techniques aren't giving managers and executives the tools they need to paint an accurate portrayal of their performance.

-- Our current business environment -- characterized as the talent age -- requires an updated talent management methodology to drive the next level of business performance: Performance 2.0. In this new model -- instead of being the owners of processes, forms, and compliance -- HR becomes the strategic enabler of talent management processes that provide business value for managers and employees alike. Performance 2.0 empowers the business to effectively manage the next generation workforce with next generation talent management processes and practices, running on the next generation talent management technology platform to drive better business results by optimizing the acquisition and performance of human capital assets.

Taleo Performance Availability

Taleo Performance will be available in limited release in October of 2007 with general availability expected in Q1 2008.

About Taleo

Taleo (NASDAQ: TLEO) is the leader in on demand, web-based talent management solutions that empower organizations of all sizes, around the world to assess, acquire, develop and align their workforce for improved business performance. More than 1,200 organizations use Taleo, including 33 of the Fortune 100, for talent acquisition and performance management, with over 1,080,000 users processing 66 million candidates from over 100 countries. Requiring no capital investment, Taleo's software as a service and on demand delivery offers 99.9% availability.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the demand for Taleo's solutions, results from use of Taleo's solutions and general business conditions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Taleo's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Taleo's expectations as of the date of this press announcement. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Taleo disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Further information on potential factors that could affect actual results is included in Item 1A of Taleo's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on March 16, 2007, in Item 1A of Taleo's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC on August 9, 2007, and in other reports filed by Taleo with the SEC.

Survey Methodology

This job performance management survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Taleo between August 28-30, 2007 among 2,416 adults aged 18 and older, of which 1,305 were employed full/part time. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with non-response, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is the 13th largest and one of the fastest-growing market research firms in the world. The company provides innovative research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the world's largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its North American, European and Asian offices, and through a global network of independent market research firms. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at

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