Question of the Day

Which of the following statements about performance appraisal is false?

a. Ranking is a good method for appraising large groups of employees.

b. Focal review programs include all the employees in an organization.

c. Forced ranking systems assume that most employees are neither exceptionally good nor exceptionally bad.

d. A behaviorally anchored rating system isolates each job’s most important tasks.


In a ranking method system (also called stack ranking), employees in a particular department are ranked based on their value to the manager or supervisor. This system is a comparative method for performance evaluations. The manager will have a list of all employees and will first choose the most valuable employee and put that name at the top. Then he or she will choose the least valuable employee and put that name at the bottom of the list. With the remaining employees, this process would be repeated. Obviously, there is room for bias with this method, and it may not work well in a larger organization, where managers may not interact with each employee on a day-to-day basis.