Finding the key to unlocking employee performance has been a constant quest for organizations throughout history. No matter how time impacts workplace trends, employers are always seeking to reap the benefits of a workforce that has tapped into its potential.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the initiatives designed to enhance employee performance are more urban legend than scientific fact. Countless organizations have initiated rewards programs or performance oriented systems, chasing the latest craze in the market or following the path of their competitors. Consultants can shoulder some of the responsibility for this, as they often enthusiastically endorse many models, the vast majority self-produced, most of which are not based on any systematic study.
Given the wealth of advice on maximizing employee performance, where can you turn for reliable answers?
Fortunately, one statistical technique, the meta-analysis, can help. This tool allows scientists to summarize all of the research conducted in a particular area over an extended period of time. Let’s take a look at the most recent meta-analysis conducted on job performance. It can help us to determine the strongest evidence-based factors for organizations to consider.