Performance Management Law and Legal Definition

Performance management is a process used by managers involving planning and managing performance through observation and feedback. The process aims to improve performance through development, assessing and rewarding performance. The performance management process provides an opportunity for the employee and performance manager to discuss development goals and jointly create a plan for achieving those goals. Development plans should contribute to organizational goals and the professional growth of the employee.

It is an ongoing communication process that involves both the performance manager and the employee in:

  • identifying and describing essential job functions and relating them to the mission and goals of the organization
  • developing realistic and appropriate performance standards
  • giving and receiving feedback about performance
  • writing and communicating constructive performance appraisals
  • planning education and development opportunities to sustain, improve or build on employee work performance.