When you're in management, getting honest feedback from employees can be tough. It can even seem impossible.
Did you know that 360 degree assessments are a great tool to use with your managers?
It’s easy to think that these assessments are only for lower-level, non-managerial employees; however, there’s a subsection of assessments made expressly for the managers in your organization.
In fact, it can be argued that 360 degree feedback may be most needed by your mid- and upper-level leadership.
What is a 360 degree leadership assessment?
A 360 degree leadership assessment is a form of feedback for leaders in which their skills, effectiveness and influence as an executive, leader or manager are evaluated. With this sort of evaluation, the leadership in a company receives feedback from a set of colleagues.
You find yourself in a leadership position and, as any good leader, you want to grow and improve and you want your organization to grow and be successful.
In many organizations, performance reviews are conducted by supervisors who may not even be familiar with the leaders they're assessing.
While this approach may work for some, a
A 360 assessment provides a holistic view of leadership abilities,
It can also uncover qualities that typical reviews don’t, like interpersonal skills and the ability to be a team player.
To fully utilize these assessments, there are some guidelines that facilitators and raters must understand. We'll explain those guidelines and how your organization can use 360 assessments to more effectively manage its leaders.
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Organizations are always exploring ways to increase productivity, improve the relationships of their employees in the workplace and craft positive and productive cultures.
One way in which they do this is through the assessments of their employees and the subsequent training that occurs due to the findings of these assessments.
Every supervisor should consider how to best evaluate their employees. For most, you probably can't help but think about it.
But the next step is actually going about it.
Once you embark on a deliberate program of assessing your employees, questions will begin to arise:
- Will the evaluation be a numerical rating scale?
- Do you want your employees to have more of a formative observation with feedback?
- Will your organization’s employee evaluation be a performance appraisal?
- Are you evaluating an employee on a specific event?
360 assessments are a helpful addition to any organization’s set of evaluation procedures and professional development.
When you’re deciding to assess your employees, 360 degree feedback can prove to be helpful, particularly when you’re looking to improve upon your employees' strengths and improvement areas.
This sort of feedback style has been around for a while and has been used to support traditional forms of evaluation.
With 360 degree feedback you can give your employees quality feedback from a variety of perspectives.
"Feedback is the breakfast of champions."
You've probably seen this quote before. It's so popular because it's true.
If you want to thrive and be successful, you need quality feedback. You also want feedback that's well-rounded. This is where 360 assessments come in.
You may already be familiar with 360 assessments, but unsure how to integrate them into your present leader development program.