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Cornerstone OnDemand’s New Observation Checklist Offers Innovative Approach to Evaluating Real-Time Performance

Cornerstone among the only talent management solutions to help organizations observe and measure employee competencies and performance on the fly and in the field

Santa Monica, Calif. September 16, 2010 – The ability to manage performance in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and education can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to roles where employee performance is best monitored in real time and in relation to a very specific set of skills or competencies. With this in mind, Cornerstone OnDemand is adding an innovative new feature set to its comprehensive learning and talent management software solution: Observation Checklist. The company will showcase Observation Checklist and other new software enhancements at this month’s HR Technology Conference & Expo, scheduled for September 29-30 at Chicago’s McCormick Place (booth no. 334).

Designed in collaboration with Cornerstone clients, Observation Checklist takes a fresh approach to evaluating performance by enabling organizations to assess and record an employee’s skills and competencies while directly observing specific activities in the field. Automating what was once an inefficient, paper-based process can also make it easier to track and validate proficiency in specific skills, as well as gain insight into competency levels across an organization.

“Our top priorities are to deliver exceptional patient care, heighten patient satisfaction, increase patient safety and comply with standards for accreditation,” said Jeanne Bonzon, Director of Learning and Development for BJC HealthCare, which has 26,000 employees across 13 hospitals and multiple community health locations in the greater St. Louis area. “We plan to integrate Cornerstone’s Observation Checklist module into our training and development process so that our administrators and managers can easily track and monitor care delivery across the hospitals and clinics in our network. It also will help us to further standardize clinical competencies so that nurses are able to migrate between our various facilities when needed.”

Observation Checklist tools can be used across many industries when task performance must be observed and documented on the fly and in the field. This is especially valuable for healthcare organizations, which are required to observe clinical skills as nurses are providing care. In a manufacturing setting, it can help to ensure compliance with critical safety procedures. Educators can use Observation Checklist to evaluate teacher performance in the classroom. And retailers and call centers can use the feature set for ensuring superior customer service.

“CedarCrestone research shows that companies that automate performance management processes can reduce operational costs by 20 percent,” said Charles Coy, Director of Product Marketing for Cornerstone OnDemand. “Cornerstone is now among the only talent management software solutions to automate the performance and competency observation process, helping users to reduce tracking and reporting errors and ensure compliance. When integrated with our learning platform, users also can assign training to address skill gaps where additional support is needed.”

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Observation Checklist is flexible to match the specific workflows and regulatory necessities of organizations across multiple industries. Organizations using Observation Checklist will have the ability to:

  • Ensure that regulatory reporting is accurate and timely.

  • Use pre-integrated competency models specific to certain industries.

  • Specifically define observation ratings and methods.

  • Identify gaps and areas in which additional training and support is needed.

  • Run reports on-demand for access to completion data, upcoming deadlines, specific competency achievement by roles or units, and much more.

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About Cornerstone

Cornerstone powers the future ready workforce, with HR software and solutions designed to unite people, teams, technology and business, and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered and skills-forward system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organisations modernise the learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility, and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across the business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages. Learn more at Cornerstone OnDemand.

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