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What is GroSum?

GroSum is a new age employee engagement platform which automates the Performance Management process. It enables continuous feedbacks on goals, set up flexible review cycles and do compensation planning.

GroSum builds comprehensive performance review data for every single employee using Instant Feedback, check-ins, comments on the performance measure, inputs on training and development needs.

For the HR, GroSum can create personalize Performance Reviews at scale, save time on manual tasks, and focus on training-development plans, compensation planning, and succession planning. GroSum is available on mobile too.

What is CXO Performance Guidance Program?

Our experience in working with startups in the last decade has made us realize that there is a need for strong Performance Management, from the top. Due to the lack of management experience, young startup Founders/CXO do not follow a structured Continuous Performance Management process in place.

In our CXO Performance Guidance Program, we help in the following ways:

  1. A collaborative goal-setting workshop, where we help to set the most important Objectives and define Key Results
  2. Weekly Check-ins: Contemplation on Key Results. Weekly Followup to help you fine-tune your Key Results
  3. Monthly Reviews: To help you assess your Performance and focus on the most important things.

Once the program is complete after 3 months, Continuous Performance Management will be part of your DNA and you can roll it out for your entire team.

How does GroSum help me with OKRs?

With GroSum OKR, CXO/Founders can lay down their Objectives and Key Results clearly. The  Team Members can link their Objectives to the Key Results of Team Members. 

Thus, everyone knows how they are contributing to the company mission and values. 

GroSum helps people to do check-ins on their Key Results, every week. Their check-in remarks can be related to achievements, plans and challenges faced. Regular check-ins helps people to work towards their Objectives better, by planning, tweaking Key Results.

Continuous Performance Management is a vital pillar to make OKR an effective process. With 1:1 Conversation between Manager and Team Members, along with crowdsourced feedback on Objectives and Key Result, helps team members course-correct with agility, or to fail fast.

GroSum helps OKRs up-to-date and on point. At the end of the day a public, collaborative, real-time goal-setting system works best.

Can I combine OKRs and Continuous Performance Management with GroSum?

With GroSum you can say goodbye to Annual performance reviews and introduce lightweight reviews to improve performance, engagement, and accountability among Team Members.

When running OKRs, 1:1 allows managers to have a conversation with their Team Members regularly. Manager act as coaches and better.

Feedback from team members, help people to be ’empowered’ and ‘inspired’. GroSum’s Instant Feedback is ad-hoc, real-time and multi-directional. People can give inputs to each other at any point of time.

You can configure lightweight quarterly reviews, which involves a self-assessment, manager assessment. These reviews contain all the 1:1 conversation, feedback from peers, recognition, which will help to recalibrate their OKRs. Reviews done in this way, helps people to plan their self-development to improve competence and achieve their objectives.

How flexible is the Performance Review?

Performance Review in GroSum is flexible to meet the need of every organization. As a Performance Management Manager, you can:

  1. Create Balance Scorecard/OKR/KRAs or your own performance metric to set up in the system.
  2. Monthly/Quarterly/Half-Yearly/Annual Review Cycle
  3. Customized Review Flow: Want to have multiple managers in a review? Or a Business Unit head reviewing the final scores?

GroSum supports Performance Reviews Configuration up to 30 different combinations.

Can I run multiple reviews?

Yes! Absolutely. We understand that you might want to run different reviews for different departments, or for different group companies. You can run multiple reviews, with their own unique configuration, email preferences, reporting.

Do you offer a 360 Degree Feedback Platform?

Yes, we do have a 360 Degree Feedback platform. The platform is customized for the type of questions that can be set, type of rating scales, email notifications and a personalized report for every employee. The platform can be used independently and is perfect for mid and senior level management.

Does the product offer compensation management?

GroSum’s compensation module lets you set a budget for different locations, teams. You can set managers to recommend increment and bonus. Once the workflow is decided, managers/business unit heads can recommend increments within the allocated budget.

It comes to the compensation controller to approve increments. Grosum also shows real-time budget use, employee performance, mid-market salary, and an auto recommendation to make the process easier, hassle-free for you.

Do you have any tool to generate Review Letters?

Review Letters is an inbuilt tool in GroSum, which helps you to create review letters for Performance Review, Performance Review + Increment, Increment etc. Once the Review Letter content (like Mail Merge) is created, you can put employees in different groups. Dynamically all data related to employees will be generated and personalized review letters will be created. With one click, all review letters will automatically go everyone’s email.

What kind of reports I can generate from the system?

You can download reports related to Employee’s Overall performance, individual goals, development plans, promotion recommendation.

Does GroSum provide Analytics?

GroSum analytics help you to do succession planning, plan training development program, find out hidden strengths, blind spots for employees. Analytics is available at manager level, Business Unit head level.

About Product - What is Instant Feedback?

Giving feedback or getting feedback on the go is done with Instant Feedback. When employees are giving feedback, they can give it to anyone within the organization, tag their Performance Measures.

People can request feedback about themselves or on someone else from people.

Feedback generated in GroSum is related to goals and competencies. Every employee has their own repository with all feedback from all respondents.

At end of every review cycles, feedbacks get automatically attached to employee’s review forms, to every performance measure. This helps to have a complete view of an employee’s performance in the past months, removing any biases.

About Product - What is Check-ins?

Check-ins are a continuous conversation between employee and manager on Performance Measures. They can be accessed at any time in a review cycle.

Every conversation in check-ins are on employee’s objectives, and it can be associated with tag – plan, achievement, challenge, or a red flag.

With Check-ins managers and employees can create notes for themselves on performance measures. These conversations, notes are helpful at the quarterly/half yearly./annual review meetings.

About Product - What is One Touch Goal Template?

In GroSum, you can group a combination of Performance Measures (Goals/Competencies/OKR/KRA) specific to employee role in a one-click template. During Objective Setting exercise, with the help of one click, all performance measure related to an employee’s role is visible.

This helps to save time during objective setting exercise, and also helps the employee and manager to understand expectations related to the employee’s role.

About Product - What is Plan & Schedule?

You can plan and schedule review tasks. For example

  • Set timeline for Goal Setting
  • Set timeline for Self Review, Manager Review, Moderator Review
  • Set time for increment and bonus recommendations by managers
About Product - What about email notifications? Are they automatic?

For every task in GroSum, there are automatic email notifications. The body of these emails can be edited by the tool administrator. You can also days for reminder alerts: how many days before you want the mail to go and how frequently the mail should go.

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