We love features like self assessments and 360s in our performance solutions. But they're a crutch. Here's why:
- Self Assessments - your best people are harder on themselves than you are. Your worst people and even those in between give themselves more credit than they deserve - setting your managers up for something they're not good at - conflict. Meh.
- 360 Reviews - the more I talk to people using these as part of the review process, the more often I hear that the feedback coming in isn't great. It's either cheerleader type stuff, "Jenn is the best!" or people are very, very cautious in giving negative feedback if they perceive that it will be used directly and more importantly, if the review is tied to pay.
Managers - Do your job and have a take on whether someone is good or great. And stop saying everyone is great - they're not.
HR Pros - I'm not saying you shouldn't use self-assessments or 360s - but you can't let them be a replacement from a manager truly owning whether someone is crushing it or just getting by.
You're better than that. I know you are.