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Key elements to emerging performance management are the group comparison and alignment of employee goals and performance evaluations. The essence of these practices is to use a broader group of experts to assess the difficulty of achieving goals and the subsequent performance of each individual employee. With this, a more objective and consistent assessment can be achieved, with managers applying similar standards in evaluating both the difficulty of goals and the ultimate level of achievement of goals and performance standards for similar jobs.
While many companies allow individual employees and their managers to set performance goals and then assume that they are appropriately challenging for that individual, a calibration process supports a more equitable sharing of the business unit or departmental goals while better aligning goal difficulty with employee experience and capability levels.