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Adapt Performance Management for Teams

Align the existing performance management process with how employees work to boost the productivity, performance, and engagement of teams.

  • Many performance management processes are not designed for teams. Organizations continue to focus on individuals for performance evaluation, rewards, and recognition, regardless of how work is carried out and whether teams exist.
  • Misalignment between how work is done and how it is evaluated leads to poor employee performance, decreased engagement, and ineffective overall performance management.

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Critical Insight

  • Work today requires more collaboration and teams are becoming more prevalent, yet performance management is failing to keep up. Performance management processes need to align with how work is carried out, otherwise organizations are at risk of decreased performance and engagement within their teams.

Impact and Result

  • Determine where team-based performance management is appropriate by identifying eligible teams.
  • Adapt the existing performance management process for eligible teams by customizing the following building blocks to meet their needs: overall process, goal setting, competencies, feedback and coaching, crowd-sourced feedback, and ratings.

Adapt Performance Management for Teams Research & Tools

1. Plan to optimize performance management for teams

Determine which teams will be using team-based PM, establish the key attributes of eligible teams, identify common challenges of team-based PM, and set goals and metrics.

2. Adapt the performance management framework

Customize the PM building blocks for each eligible team, align rewards and recognition programs, and obtain stakeholder buy-in.

3. Communicate and prepare for the team-based framework

Outline accountabilities, address pushback, and develop an action and communication plan.

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Guided Implementation 1: Plan to optimize performance management for teams
  • Call 1: Review the teams that are eligible for team-based PM and their attributes.
  • Call 2: Identify risk of experiencing common challenges and determine objectives for future state.

Guided Implementation 2: Adapt the performance management framework
  • Call 1: Review customization of building blocks for each team.
  • Call 2: Determine appropriate approach to CSF and discuss potential for removing ratings.
  • Call 3: Discuss the alignment of rewards and recognition programs with the new framework.

Guided Implementation 3: Communicate and prepare for the team-based framework
  • Call 1: Review accountabilities of key stakeholders and prepare to address pushback.
  • Call 2: Review the action and communication plan.


  • Paul Boston, Organizational High Performance Development Specialist, President and Founder, Actus Performance Inc.
  • David Burleigh, Leadership Effectiveness Coach
  • Marjorie Derven, Director, Valeocon Management Consulting
  • Steven Keizer, Director of Quality, CCRM
  • Tom Marsden, CEO, Saberr
  • Jeff Waldman, Head of People & Culture, BiblioCommons
  • Hua Wang, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto