On Jul 13, 2013, at 12:12 PM, Peter Trudelle <trudelle@...
One of the things I don't miss about being a manager are the annual ranking & rating (aka rank-out and berating) sessions universally associated with reviews. Those make me physically ill.
Not the first time we've heard this complaint about performance appraisals from the people who are asked to do them. If I were asked to stack rank subordinates I'm thinking I would just get everyone together and roll dice. If performance appraisals are harmful (and evidence suggests they are) we shouldn't be trying to fix them, we should be trying to make them have as little effect as possible. An openly random approach will just mitigate their harm, and hopefully accelerate their abolition.
(That said, there may be probationary situations where they're appropriate, but that's the 3%, not the 97%.)