I didn't want to cross post but I feel that this may be a topic that could use some discussion.
My company uses a bell curve distribution model to "Calibrate" performance ratings. Consequently, many employee's feel that in order for them to get a better rating, they have to kill the high performers. We know that this is not necessarily true but all the same the perception is out there. This has been very demoralizing to some of my employees. It takes a lot of explanation and encouragement to get the average performer to think that they can do better. I know that my opinion of the system won't change it and I accept that. I am not looking for a bitch session about it. I am looking for tools....hehe
Mike and Mark, How do you feel about forced rating distributions? What message should we be sending our people to get them to try for the brass ring?