Performance management systems are tools that measure employee performance in terms of meaningful standards and goals, in a manner that aligns individual behaviors and efforts with organizational success. The advantages of employee performance management (EPM) systems are widely recognized today. EPM systems have been implemented by thousands of companies in order to obtain greater strategic value from their human resources (HR) and their HR divisions. As a result, EPM is viewed as a top priority by most HR managers and, according to a report issued by Lawson Software in 2006, is observed as being more important than other HRIS applications including payroll, time and attendance, benefits administration, online recruiting, and regulatory compliance (Business Wire, 2006c). According to a report issued by Forrester, corporate use of electronic performance and talent management systems is growing at a robust rate of 20% (Business Wire, 2006b).
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