Were poor performance management processes responsible for mis-selling scandals?

Poorly executed performance management processes risk pressuring sales teams in the financial services sector into further mis-selling, according to new guidance released by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The FCA guidance found that aggressive organisational and departmental targets create a cascade of pressure throughout firms. Middle managers, finding themselves responsible for achieving overwhelming targets, transferred that pressure to their teams, resulting in rule breaking and poor customer outcomes.

The new guidance, which is available here, recognises that, done well, performance management processes have a key role to play in addressing the cultures and behaviours that bred mis-selling. But organisations need to be sure their rewards systems and policies are aligned with the new guidance from regulators.

This move comes hot on the heels the FCA's rules on the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime, which places responsibility and accountability for compliance, behaviour and culture squarely in the hands of individual senior leaders within the banks.

Systems, including supervision, appraisals, training and compliance, and performance management processes, will need to be significantly different as a result to deliver the expected cultural changes and improvements in standards. It's anticipated that, for many firms, this will require specialist support in business transformation, project management, employee communications, training and, naturally, performance management process design.

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