A Scientific Take on Enhancing the Relevance of Your Performance Reviews


The human capability knows no conceivable boundary, and yet there is still nothing we do better than growing on a consistent basis. We say this because the stated capability has already fetched the world some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a rather unique member of the group. The reason why technology’s credentials are so anomalous is purposed around its skill-set, which was unprecedented enough to realize all the possibilities for us that we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, a closer look should be able to reveal how the whole runner was also very much inspired by the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence and made it the ultimate centerpiece of every horizon. Now, having such a powerful tool run the show did expand our experience in many different directions, but even after reaching so far ahead, this prodigious concept called technology will somehow keep on delivering the right goods. The same has grown to become a lot more evident in recent times, and assuming one new HRM-themed development pans out just like we envision, it will only propel that trend towards greater heights over the near future and beyond.

Confirm, the first platform to inject the science of Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) into performance reviews to help people leaders make fairer, faster and data-driven talent decisions, has officially launched a brand-new solution called Performance Profile. Understood to be the first performance review software to offer a truly comprehensive view of an employee’s individual performance, the stated solution leverages Organizational Network analysis for placing employees in the driver’s seat of their own performance and career development. But how will the solution perform on an actionable level? Well, we begin with its ability to provide a full picture relating to an employee’s performance over time, notably doing so from the perspective of their colleagues and network within the organization. Not just that, Performance Profile also has the means to feed current and historical manager feedback, alongside a summary of the employee’s self-reflections, impactful activities, feedback, and recognition into performance reviews to provide a holistic lowdown on their performance. Next up, we must acknowledge how the product allows you to facilitate a comparison between an employee’s actual progress and their expected progress for a given tenure and level. Complimenting the same are these charts that show the distribution of employee’s network recognition and manager ratings across the entire organization, and where exactly the employee falls in that distribution. We referred to employee’s network recognition, Performance Profile ensures a clear breakdown of the same when it lets the employee see which of their skills and behaviors are most valued by their colleagues. Another thing this breakdown does is that it helps a particular individual learn about their actual strengths and the areas that demand some improvements.

“Traditional performance reviews are biased, inefficient and one-way conversations between managers and employees, and often leave workers feeling uncertain about where they stand and unclear on next steps to take to succeed in their roles and further their careers,” said Josh Merrill, co-founder and CEO of Confirm. “Our new Performance Profile feature is changing that by putting employees in the driver’s seat of their own performance reviews and career development. This launch is the next step towards our goal of fixing performance reviews for good –– and we’re well on our way.”

Moving on, Performance Profile also comes decked up with a manager mode. Here, the idea is to hand managers a deeper insight into the network feedback of their direct reports, thus enabling more productive performance conversations, as well as guaranteeing that performance transparency isn’t hampered by the manager’s attention, personal acumen, or experience. Interestingly enough, though, the solution in question isn’t just there to share passive information. Instead, it can even deliver at your disposal a list of recommended actions, actions that you can take to achieve meaningful growth in your career journey.

As for what makes Confirm an ideal candidate to bring such an effort, the answer resides within the fact that it was the first company ever to inject science into performance reviews and make the whole exercise data driven rather than a popularity contest. Confirm’s excellence around using Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) in performance reviews so to quantify employee influence and impact, can be further validated through its clientele, which includes giants like Niantic Labs, Canada Goose, and plenty others. In case that’s not enough to convince you on the company’s stature, then it might be our while to mention Confirm’s recent win at Human Resources Executive® awards where it was bestowed with a place among Top HR Products of 2023.

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