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A key measurement that is used by human resource management is the balanced scorecard. Before beginning your discussion, read the Human Resource Measurement: A Balanced Scorecard (Links to an external site.) article. In the article, an example of using the balanced scorecard for recruiting was described. For this discussion, put yourself into the role of a human resource manager that has been asked by the CEO to create a balanced score card for another area of human resource management (i.e.., motivation, performance reviews, training, laws and regulations, or work environment safety). Using your chosen area, create an example of how the balanced scorecard could be used. Your balanced scorecard must include the following:
In addition to your example of the balanced scorecard, explain how the results can positively affect the organization.
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Journal of Human Resource Management
2015; 3(2-1): 28-32
Published online February 10, 2015 (http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/j/jhrm)
ISSN: 2331-0707 (Print); ISSN: 2331-0715 (Online)
Human Resource Measurement: A Balanced Scorecard
, Mauro Romanelli
Department of Business and Economics Studies, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples, Italy
firstname.lastname@example.org (B. Gesuele), email@example.com (M. Romanelli)
To cite this article:
Benedetta Gesuele, Mauro Romanelli. Human Resource Measurement: A Balanced Scorecard Approach. Journal of Human Resource Man-
agement. Special Issue: Challenges and Opportunities in the Performance Measurement and Control Systems of Human Resources Manage-
ment for the Services Industry. Vol. 3, No. 2-1, 2015, pp. 28-32 doi: 10.11648/j.jhrm.s.2015030201.14
Abstract: This study aims to adopt the balanced scorecard approach to improve the measurement and evaluating of human
resources performance in the USA public sector. We use a balanced
scorecard approach in terms of innovation, learning and
growth for employees feeling to contribute to the governmental agency ends. Innovation, learning and growth may represent
constitutive elements of organizational strategies value oriented. In this study we have built a set of key performance drivers
drawn by a sample of American public employees during 2010. The United States are the first country introducing public
management reform programs fostering continuous attention on human resources performances. The study is a research desk.
Data are collected by United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with regard to last Federal Employees Viewpoint
Survey conducted in 2010 and concern employees of every Federal agencies which responded to the survey. The results show
that the employee’s perception of the organization performance seems to be positively judged.
Keywords: Federal Civil Workforce, Organization Performance Measurement, Balanced Scorecard Approach
The Human Resource Management (HRM) has received a
growing attention and interest coherently with developments
of New Public Management (NPM) doctrines encouraging
public organizations to adopt and implement management
techniques and tools drawn by private sector in order to im-
plement measurement performance systems within the west-
ern and industrialized countries. Since 1980, in the OCSE
area strategic and organizational changes driven by public
management reform improved the relationship between or-
ganizational performance and human resources management.
This study aims to adopt the balanced scorecard approach
to improve the measurement and evaluating of human re-
sources performance in the USA public sector. Measurement
performance systems as evaluated by a balanced scorecard
approach lead civil servants to perceive positively what public
organization do and how perform task. We use a balanced
scorecard approach in terms of innovation, learning and
growth perspective in order to verify that measurement per-
formance methodologies may have a positive impact on em-
ployees’ perceptions about the organizational performance.
Innovation, learning and growth constitute a driver for em-
ployees that feel to contribute to the governmental agency
ends. Learning and growth represent constitutive elements of
organizational strategies value oriented for developing and
implementing successfully the internal processes.
We have considered a sample of civil servants in the USA
public sector. In the OCSE area the United States are the first
country introducing public management reform programs
fostering continuous attention on managing and evaluating the
human resources performances.
The paper is structured as follows. In the section two the
literature review about the relationship HRM development
and the employees’ performance is presented. In the section
three how to manage Federal Civil Service by act is pre-
sented. In the fourth section the research design is described.
Finally, conclusions and future research perspectives are
2. Literature Review
In the last decade management changes occurred in public
sector organizations coherently with a growing relevance of
the human resource management for improving the organiza-
tional performance [1, 2, 3, 4]. The Harvard Scholars School,
in 1985, defined the HRM in terms of “all management deci-
Journal of Human Resource Management 2015; 3(2-1): 28-32 29
sions that affect the relationship between the organization and
employees” [2, 5]. In the HRM field both practices and aca-
demic studies have shown more and more a growing need to
explore the HRM systems. Some authors have conducted
comparative studies about the human resource management
diffusion. For example Rainey et al., Scott and Falcone argue
that differences of management practices about human re-
sources in the public and private organizations were influ-
enced by ownerships [6, 7]. In a similar vein, the ownership
may exert influence on HRM policies and practices. Public
managers have been encouraged to adopt and embrace private
sector management practices and policies [4, 8, 9, 10]. Boyne
et al.  try to answer to this question. Is there the difference
between public and private managers in their attitudes and
behaviors? In 1992, Brewster  agrees about the HRM
practices in ten European Countries and underlines the exis-
tence of different styles of HRM. Accordingly, Farnham and
Horton  have conducted a research about the implemen-
tation of HRM and identified a number of fundamental cha-
racteristics in conventional HRM practice in public sector.
A large number of empirical studies examine the relation-
ship between HRM and organizational performance. Ac-
cording to Williams  there is a positive relationship be-
tween implementation of HRM practices in public sector and
management performance. According to this approach same
scholars study the relationship between HRM and perfor-
mance; these studies consider a HRM as a set of ideal or best
practices [14, 15]. The dominant focus on the HRM literature
has demonstrated the importance of introducing these prac-
tices and implementation in the public sector, in order to in-
crease the public performance [16, 17]. Similarly Tessema and
Soeter , in their article, examine how, when and to what
extent HR practices may affect performance on the employees
level. Some scholars describe the different national expe-
riences in order to explore the different steps about the de-
velopments and the diffusion of HRM practices. For Example
the Public Administration Observatory  published the
report on human resources in different countries in OCSE area
(Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain,
USA and Sweden). In accordance with this study, other au-
thors describe the various HR practices in different countries
around the world. In the public sector HRM practices can be
influenced by different management cultures [4, 8, 13, 18, 19].
Some scholars have implemented the balanced scorecard
approach in order to measure the performance in the public
sector . For example Kloot and Martin  by analyzing
performance management systems in local government used
all dimensions of the balanced scorecard: financial, commu-
nity, internal business process, innovation and learning. Fitz-
geralt et al.  have suggested a performance model based
on six dimensions: competitiveness and financial dimensions
as results of strategy are included. In a similar vein, Ballantine
et al.  illustrated the relationship between strategy and
performance management. Accordingly, Estis and Hyatt 
provided a framework for applying a balanced scorecard ap-
proach to measuring the performance in the public sector
based on financial, customer, internal processes, learning and
3. Managing Federal Civil Service by Act
In the USA public sector the continuous attention on Hu-
man resource management (HRM) is growing coherently with
fostering employees performance. The performance mea-
surement system has been applied in both industrialized
countries and developing countries. In the United States there
is great attention on managing strategically and measuring
human resources performance. Thereby, performance mea-
surement practices seem not to be a part of what public sector
organizations do . Several performance measurement
oriented acts were promulgated over time. The first step of
reform was implemented in 1979. According to the Civil
Service Reform Act as promulgated in the 1979 the US Office
of Personnel Management introduced a set of actions regard-
ing on human resource appraisal, merit pay programs, clari-
fication and simplification of appeal procedures for personal
actions. Reform changes occurred over time (1984, 1994,
2000 and 2004).
The Chief Human Capital Officer Act of 2002 was signed
into law with the promulgation of the Homeland Security Act
of 2002.The scopes are: setting the agency’s workforce de-
velopment strategy; assessing workforce characteristics and
future needs based on the agency’s mission and strategic plan;
aligning the agency’s human resources policies with organi-
zational mission, goals and performance outcomes; devel-
oping a culture of learning, identifying the best practices and
benchmarking studies; applying methods for measuring in-
tellectual capital; identifying links to organizational perfor-
mance and growth, and serving on the Chief Human Capital
In 2004 the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act provides
great emphasis on employee development and training to
promote strategic alignment with agencies’ missions. This part
of the Act is effective immediately; the OPM and Federal
agencies will be working together to align training programs
with agency strategic goals and performance objectives. The
issues of these actions concern the importance of the rela-
tionship between performance measurement and human re-
Nowadays, the public employees’ perceptions on perfor-
mance measurement systems are considered as factors that
may characterize successful organizations. Accordingly, the
Office of Personnel Management conducted a survey for
Federal Employees, the Employee Viewpoint Survey as ad-
ministered for the first time in 2002 and then repeated every
two years: 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
4. Research Design
In this section we describe the research methodology: the
implementation of one perspective of balanced scorecard
approach and the results.
The aim of this study is to elucidate that human resources
measurement performance systems may be measured by a
30 Benedetta Gesuele and Mauro Romanelli: Human Resource Measurement: A Balanced Scorecard Approach
balanced scorecard approach in order to improve the organi-
zational performance as positively perceived by civil servants
in USA. In accordance with previous studies [25, 26] we
choose to implement one dimension of balanced scorecard
approach: innovation, learning and growth because this
perspective may constitute a driver for employees that feel to
contribute to the agency ends. Innovation, learning and growth
represent constitutive elements of organizational strategies
value oriented. The objectives of internal processes concern as
strategic themes innovation and corporate citizenship too [25,
27]. The organizational success can depend on the innovation,
the ability to learn and the attitude of personnel to learn and
contribute to organizational growth [20, 28, 29]. The sample
under investigation concerns USA Federal employees. The
data are collected by United States Office of Personnel Man-
agement (OPM). Data are available on OPM’s Fed-View
survey website regarding last Federal Employees Viewpoint
Survey and being located at www.FedView.opm.gov as con-
ducted in 2010 . The Federal Employee Survey is a tool
that measures employees’ perception of whether and to what
extent conditions that characterize successful organizations
are present in their agencies. This survey is the fifth in a series
of survey starting in 2002. These survey samples are the
full-time permanent employees of Departments, large agen-
cies, small agencies and independent agencies and the
small/independent agencies that accepted an invitation to
participate in the survey. These institutions comprise ap-
proximately 97% of the executive branch workforce. In the
year under investigation more than 260,000 Federal em-
ployees responded to the survey, a response rate of 52 percent.
We have chosen only 12 items on the 89 which are pre-
sented in the survey in order to implement the balanced sco-
recard approach in terms of innovation, learning and growth
We identify two outcomes and some corresponding key
performance drivers to measure innovation, learning and
growth perspective: strategic team work condition and grati-
fication of innovation, learning and growth perspective on for
employees in their job. Implementation of a good leadership
program and employees satisfaction are key performance
drivers for the first outcome. Implementation project plan for
knowledge and best practice, employees work experience,
implementation of new strategies and routine, employees
relation are the key performance drivers for the outcome gra-
tification for employees in their job.
In the following table the framework to guide this research
is described (table 1).
Table 1. Balanced scorecard approach
Balanced Scorecard Perspective Outcomes Key performance Drivers
Implementation of good leadership
Strategic team work condition
Innovation Learning and Growth Gratification for employees in his job Implementation project plan for
edge and best practice
Employees work experience
Implementation new strategies and
Employees relation (good team
Source: our elaboration
Table 2. Key performance drivers: measurement (Federal Employee View-
point Survey FEV Survey)
Key performance Indicator Measurement
1 Implementation of good leadership
Questions number 53- 56 -61 of
2 Employees satisfaction
Questions number 63 – 64 – 65 66 of
3 Implementation project plan for
new knowledge and best practice
Question number 11- 15 – 18 of FEV
4 Employees work experience
Question number 5 – 10 – 13 of FEV
5 Implementation new strategies and
Question number 1- 4- 32 of FEV
6 Employees relation (good team
Question number 20 – 21 – 22 of
Source: our elaboration
We have selected these items for two motives. First of all,
these items are used by the literature [25, 27] in order to
measure overall organizational and human resource perfor-
mances by applying a balanced scorecard approach. These
items are relevant for the analysis conducted in order to
measure and evaluate both satisfaction and performance of
employees coherently with the Chief Human Capital Officers
Act of 2002. According to the Federal Employee Viewpoint
Survey (Fed-View) these items were just tested and verified
We choose some questions as measurement too for each driver
of performance l (table 2).
Some questions are identified in the OPM survey in order to
measure the six key performance indicators.
The questions (Q) are described in the following table (table
We have assigned a weight to the responses as classified in
accordance with OPM research based on a Likert scale:
strongly agree- very satisfied (6); agree- satisfied (5); neither
agree nor agree (4); neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (3);
disagree and do not know (2); dissatisfied and very satisfied
(1). We have not considered the values of responses when the
respondents have not made a choice. Secondly, we have con-
sidered the percent of response classified in relation to scales
and multiplied for the weight assigned in order to build the key
Journal of Human Resource Management 2015; 3(2-1): 28-32 31
Table 3. Questions chosen
Key performance Drivers Questions
Implementation of good leadership program
53- Managers/supervisors/team leaders work well with employees of different backgrounds.
56-Managers communicate the goals and priorities of the organization.
61-I have a high level of respect for my organization’s senior leaders.
63-How satisfied are you with your involvement in decisions that affect your work?
64-How satisfied are you with the information you receive from management on what’s going on in your
65-How satisfied are you with the recognition you receive for doing a good job?
66-How satisfied are you with the policies and practices of your senior leaders?
Implementation project plan for new knowl-
edge and best practice
11-My talents are used well in the workplace.
15 My performance appraisal is a fair reflection of my performance.
18-My training needs are assessed.
Employees work experience
5-I like the kind of work I do.
10-My workload is reasonable.
13-The work I do is important.
Implementation new strategies and routine
1-I am given a real opportunity to improve my skills in my organization.
4-My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment.
32-Creativity and innovation are rewarded.
Employees relation (good team work relation)
20-The people I work with cooperate to get the job done.
21-My work unit is able to recruit people with the right skills.
22-Promotions in my work unit are based on merit.
Source: adaptions by Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey FEV Survey
In accordance with previous studies the organizational
success seems to depend on the organizational and human
resources capabilities to innovate and learn. Public organi-
zations have to learn on changing behaviors and strategies to
prepare for the future. The civil servants may exert influence
on the organizational performance as a whole. Measuring
learning, growth and innovation aspects may help public
administrations to face the challenge of embracing a conti-
The analysis of data gathered on federal civil workforce in
2010 shows how to implement the balanced scorecard ap-
proach based on innovation, learning and growth perspec-
With regard to implementation of an effective leadership
program as the first key performance driver, we agree that
the effective leadership style may lead the employees to
achieve positive results in their performance. They feel a
high level of respect for their leader. Communications be-
tween employees and their leaders are positively judged and
The employees seem to be satisfied by corporate policies
and practices. With regard to key performance driver em-
ployees satisfaction only the 26% of employees respond to
be negatively impressed.
With regard to key performance driver implementation
project plan for new knowledge and best practice, the 60%
of the interviewed employees believe that their talent is well
used in the workplace. The 54% of the interviewed em-
ployees consider that their training should be assessed.
The employees consider their workload as reasonable and
important in relation to the third key driver, employees work
The creativity and innovation are considered to be im-
portant for the most part of the sample (40%). They believe
that organization could offer them the opportunity to im-
prove their abilities (key driver indicator implementation
new strategies and routine).
The employees believe there is cooperation in the
workplace and there are merit systems for gratification in
relation to the key driver employees relation.
In the public sector the diffusion and implementation of
management techniques is the priority in the agenda of in-
dustrialized countries. Strategic and organizational changes
driven by public management reform may improve the re-
lationship between organizational performance and human
resources management coherently with the implementation
of performance strategic measurement systems.
Public sector organizations have to develop and measure
outcomes consistent with strategic goals and human re-
Innovation, learning and growth perspective as result of a
balanced scorecard approach may emerge as an useful me-
thodology for measuring the civil service workforce per-
formance. The study highlights a framework to analyze the
employees performance. The results are concordant with
issue of previous literature concerning the relationship be-
tween human resource management and public management
reform performance oriented.
In this study there are some limits. Data collected and
gathered are no recent. We have considered only the inno-
vation, growth and learning perspective and used only six
key performance drivers.
Future research perspectives lead us to consider the other
key drivers indicators of a balanced scorecard approach for
building an integrated pattern of analysis.
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Objective: Performance evaluations are utilized to measure employee levels of performance. The purpose of the evaluation is to establish clear expectations regarding performance as well as opportunities to increase growth and development. New employee evaluations should be completed on the 90th day of employment as a 90-day probationary evaluation. All other employees receive an annual performance evaluation.
Description: During the performance evaluation the Manager and the employee will review the jo description of the position that the employee holds. The metrics of the position will be discussed to ensure expectations of the role. Next, review any feedback and/or coaching sessions that occurred throughout the year. Verify if metrics were met, unmet, or were unobtainable. Finally, discuss future goals, such as growth and development, and promotion opportunities.
Actions: Review the metrics of the evaluation which are: 1.0 Unsatisfactory, 2.0 Inconsistent Performer, 3.0 Valued Performer, 4.0 Star Performer, and 5.0 Orchestrator of Excellence. Review the score of the self-evaluation provided by the employee. Then review the scores provided by the Manager of the employee.
Measures: Each section of the evaluation is broken into categories that align with the mission and values of the organization. Review the rates, feedback, coaching notes, disciplinary action, or accolade. Determine whether the employee met or did not meet by being categorized by: 1.0 Unsatisfactory, 2.0 Inconsistent Performer, 3.0 Valued Performer, 4.0 Star Performer, and 5.0 Orchestrator of Excellence. If the employee scores 1.0 Unsatisfactory, 2.0 Inconsistent Performer, a discussion must be including either a change in behavior or an alignment to meet goals as well as an action plan to ensure the employee is on track.
A balanced scorecard is necessary for an organization to ensure the overall performance as well as supporting the success of the metrics in place. The scorecard is considered to be strategic planning that organizations utilized to communicate what is to be accomplished, prioritizing, and measurement of targets. According to Gesuele & Romanelli (2015), “We use a balanced scorecard approach in terms of innovation, learning and growth perspective in order to verify that measurement performance methodologies may have a positive impact on employees’ perceptions about the organizational performance.” (pg.28).
In the performance management process, employees are highlighted for their contributions to goals which allow for organizations to meet their strategic objectives. This allows for stakeholders to measure and assess the capability of organizations and their obligations. According to n.d (2019) “It’s a necessary juggling act: Running a successful company is all about trying to keep many people as happy as possible.” “No matter what the owner or leadership of a company thinks, if the stakeholders aren’t happy, the company is not succeeding.” (para.1).
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