Making Performance Appraisals Bearable With VCE Tests
Annual performance reviews are dreaded by most employees – including HR managers. Yet, detested as they are, those chunky performance appraisal goals and forms are usually introduced to maximize the quantitative element in the performance review process and to ensure objectivity in evaluation of employees' skills. VCE Software from Avanset provides a convenient and modern alternative to the tedious process of annual performance appraisals.
What most people hate about performance appraisal forms (same goes for 360 degree reviews) are those forms with points one has to give, and open questions, where everyone just tries to write what would be expected of them. Managers also dread those awkward moments when staff would come in into their office ranting about the grade being 'too low', trying to compare their performance levels with other team members', and blaming the system for not being objective.
The answer to this challenge is simple: using computer-based interactive testing as a major component of the regular performance reviews. This is now possible with Avanset's VCE Software that allows users to create interactive testing environment within minutes, asking questions you need to ask. Each particular test can be tailored to a specific position, particular employee, a team, or access level – to fully meet your organization's requirements.
VCE Software Features and Capabilities
VCE Software allows HR managers to create fully customized interactive performance appraisal tests to include all questions that need to be asked to best measure their skills and performance. It supports a wide range of question types, allowing for maximum flexibility of an HR test: multiple choice questions, fill in the blank questions, select and place / drag-n-drop questions, point and shoot questions (picking a point on the image), hot area questions (picking an area out of the few options given), create a tree questions, build list and reorder, drop and connect questions.
Turning any test into an interactive exam is easy as VCE Exam Simulator allows users to import questions from various file formats, including txt, rtf, PDF. So, basically, all you need is this software and a list of typed up questions. VCE allows embedding images in the exam questions and answers, so can be used in a wide range of areas, from design to customer service and dozens more.
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VCE software gives the option of saving the current testing session and coming back to it later. You can also review the testing history, and go back to the questions that hadn't been answered correctly etc. The latest version of the VCE Software supports non-English characters, so it can be used for tests in any language. VCE software is available for Windows, Mac OS, as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets.
The software comes in 2 options, allowing the maximum convenience and flexibility for organizations. You can choose from VCE Exam Simulator BASIC that allows users to play .vce exam files and creates interactive testing environment (perfect for a computer used by employees/test takers), or a more advanced VCE Exam Simulator PRO that, besides having the same features, also lets users to create and edit their own VCE files (perfect for HR manager/HR staff).
Rethinking Performance Appraisals
Incorporating VCE Software into your HR processes maximizes the efficiency of your organization while saving time and other resources. Basically, the paperwork and main interview part of the appraisal can be taken into a computer-based test, leaving it to employees and their managers to get a quick overview and discussion of the results. Questions that can be asked at the test can vary from professional/employee proficiency to team environment, cooperation, communication issues and potential areas of improvement. Basically, anything an organization needs to emphasize at their employees' performance review – the options are limitless.
This year, we changed our annual performance review process for the first time and started using to VCE-based computerized questionnaires. Although it took our HR department some time to develop the tests (with significant input from senior and middle management), this investment of time was absolutely worth it. Somehow interactive testing has taken the stress out of the performance reviews, and employees were more open about sharing their feedback and answering multiple choice questions regarding their professional area. It has also minimized the issue of performance appraisals being perceived as 'unfair', and we are very happy with the overall result.
Meredith J., HR Manager
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