Question of the Day

Rich is a division manager at ABC Corp, where you are the HR representative. Rich is extremely frustrated with the new performance appraisal system in which some employees must be mandatorily rated low despite their performance.

What type of performance appraisal system are you using at ABC Corp?

A. Job ranking

B. Forced distribution

C. Forced comparison

D. Narrative method

Answer B – You are using the forced distribution performance appraisal.

Explanation: In the forced distribution method (also known as forced ranking), the managers are compelled to force employee performance into a bell-curve system, with a top 10%, next 35%, next 45%, and the bottom 10% (similar to how many public school teachers rank students). In this system, most employees will fall into the middle of the performance spectrum.