Key Performance Indicators(KPI): what are they and how to use them?
November 30, 2022
The key performance indicator (KPI) is a measurement method for determining and then evaluating with precision the actions carried out by an employee during a given period.
Key performance indicators, KPIs, KPIs… In the world of work, these terms are more than common. But what do they correspond to? How to define them according to the sector and the profession and why is the performance indicator essential?
The key performance indicator (KPI) is a quantifiable measurement that is used to assess the progress or success of a company, team or project, based on specific performance objectives. This acronym is the translation of KPI for Key Performance Indicator in English.
In general, to determine its objectives, a company bases itself on 4 indicators:
In the field of HR, KPIs also represent a tool used to quantify and qualify the work of company employees. This approach makes it possible to:
To be totally effective, the project manager who implements the KPIs is required to give the employee regular and constructive feedback.
To set up KPIs with employees, HR or the manager can rely on 5 SMARTER criteria . Your manager can therefore include these KPIs during your annual appraisal interview
The objective must be clearly defined and understood. For example, improve website traffic by 15% at the end of Q4.
It must be possible to measure progress towards this goal. For this, it is necessary to use precise data such as percentages, figures or sums of money.
The employer and the employee must agree on the common objectives, linked to those of the company.
It must be ensured that the objective can be achieved by the employee according to the resources available within the company (team, equipment, budget, etc.) and the economic environment of the sector.
It is necessary to determine a realistic time frame to accomplish the proposed objective or task.
During the execution of the project, the collaborator and his manager can review the KPIs established to ensure that he is on the right track to accomplish his project.
He can also decide on any changes in real time, always in accordance with the company’s strategy.
Here are some performance indicators that can be proposed by a manager. It should be noted that if the latter does not mention any KPIs during the annual evaluation interview, the employee can quite easily establish their KPIs themselves according to the company’s indicators, specific to their sector and size.
These can be commercial, organizational or financial objectives such as:
When a company recruits, two particular elements hold its attention. The candidate’s human qualities and professional achievements. To discuss his latest, it is therefore wise to indicate KPIs in his CV and during the job interview .
To have a precise portrait of the candidate in front of them, recruiters are particularly interested in the employee’s indicators relating to:
First of all, it is preferable to indicate in your CV the key performance indicators related to the position and the sector for which you are applying. You should also know that the company can check whether the given elements are real.
To establish your professional credibility, you need to explain precisely:
Correctly identified, these KPIs make it possible to summarize the impact of your actions on the company. And if the interview turns out to be conclusive and you are hired, don’t forget to ask that your new performance indicators be clearly defined on paper by your N+1.
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