Microsoft Drops Stack Ranking in Employee Reviews

Microsoft OfficeIn an earlier post, I commented on Microsoft’s use of “forced stack ranking” in it’s performance management processes and how destructive I believed that process to be. Well, the world turns and today Microsoft announced an overhaul of its employee review system.

Says Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s head of human resources, in an interview with GeekWire as reported on NBCNews.com, “A forced distribution wasn’t getting at the teamwork principles that we really want to get at related to One Microsoft.” Geekwire reports, “At an internal presentation Tuesday morning, managers clapped when Brummel announced that the employee review process would be overhauled, and by the end of the presentation they gave a standing ovation.”

Good for Microsoft.

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