As a secondary school teacher, ‘time-spent’ in my job seemed to link more to remuneration and progress than the output of my performance. ‘Time-spent’ is an outdated and old-fashioned concept that, unfortunately, still resonates in most companies performance review processes. Just because you have been doing something for more time than someone else doesn’t necessarily make you any better. Productivity, output and continued support are true measures of success.
Working at Accenture I have been able to be a part of the Performance Achievement journey, shifting from retrospective review conversations and rankings to a more, ongoing and purposeful review process. Being part of this process has not only helped me identify my strengths and priorities, but has also helped me guide others to understand their own.
Performance Achievement (PA) Champions at Accenture advocate, educate, communicate and support other Accenture employees in the Performance Achievement process. So as a PA Champion I will do just that. Here are the top three things you need to know about Performance Achievement at Accenture:
To achieve our best performance, we need to know what is expected of us, apply our strengths in the best way to meet those expectations, and have ongoing conversations about how we’re doing. By identifying what is expected of you at work and focusing on what is most important, you can set priorities that will have the greatest impact on the business. Priorities are Accenture’s new way of identifying what is important to us, the business and our team. They allow employees to set manageable priorities that can be used as the focus of input/feedback discussions.
Use a Strengths Finder tool that Accenture has invested in to help employees identify their own talent areas. The assessment measures your natural talents within a range of themes and produces a number of solutions that you can use to grow your strengths. Making a strength stronger is just as important as making a weakness neutral. By investing in our strengths, we can make a meaningful impact both on our projects and practice area.
3. Team Engagement
Effectively engaging with your team is a critical component of Performance Achievement. Ensuring you are aligned with your team, to a common goal, allows you to work more effectively. Accenture has invested in a number of team engagement resources aimed at helping teams within the business align their strengths, priorities and work.
Read more about our new approach to Performance Achievement here