25 June 2020

Leveling the Field: Making Performance Mgmt Work for Women

Stacia Garr
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst


  • Understanding the “3 Cs” of performance management (PM) – culture, capability of managers, and clarity
  • Discussion of how women experience PM differently
  • Changes that can create a more equal PM experience for women
  • A game plan for organizations on how to get started with these improvements

Before COVID-19 was even a thing, we undertook a holistic study of women and performance management (PM), to understand a few key things:

  • Are the changes to modern PM practices resulting in women and men having the same experience?
  • And, if not, then what are the differences and what can organizations do about them?

The resulting study, Leveling the Field: Making Performance Management Work for Women, was ready for publication in mid-March – just as COVID-19 took over everyone’s worlds. Instead of publishing a study that would get drowned out in the craziness of the times, we held on to it. But then we decided we could – and must – adapt what we learned in Leveling the Field to fit our current moment.

The result is a sister report, The Double-Double Shift: Supporting Women’s Performance Management During a Pandemic, which presents a very realistic look at how the COVID-19 global pandemic is impacting the ways women are perceived during this new work-from-home environment, as well as the additional challenges they now face.

Many of the leading modern PM practices just need to be amplified and augmented to create a more level playing field. Organizations don’t have to reinvent modern PM to make it fairer; they just need to make it the best version of itself.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Stacia Garr
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst

Stacia is a Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research and focuses on employee engagement/experience, leadership, DE&I, people analytics, and HR technology. A frequent speaker and writer, her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as in numerous HR trade publications. She has been listed as a Top 100 influencer in HR Technology and in D&I. Stacia has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


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