The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve

Learn how to implement the bell curve in performance appraisal to evaluate and rank employee performance effectively using our comprehensive guide.

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Bell curve grading

QUESTION Dear HR Community Subscribers, We are looking into improving our performance appraisal grading system by introducing forced ranking or a bell curve grading system. Please advise: 1. Are you using the bell curve to rank performance? 2. What are some of the challenges that you face in doing so. 3. How do you group employees in each percentile. We are in the shipping industry. Appreciate your replies. Thank you. QQ     HR Poll: Are you using the bell curve to rank performance? Yes: 60.00% No: 26.67% Not sure: 13.33%     REPLIES & COMMENTS   What are some of the challenges of using the bell curve to rank performance? Equitable appraisal – Collin Acceptable by the team. Not able to fall everyone in – Ashley Sometimes managers need to put employees in specific gradients just for the sake of bell curve requirements. This happens more often when the teams are small. Also, it creates anxiety in the mind of employees who may worry about the possibility of an exit, especially during current tough job market conditions. This may lead to further deterioration of job performance – Jessica Most managers tend to exceed the allocated percentile – Jolene   […]

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