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Submitted by backstage froth on


My company's formal performance evaluation process this year includes a 360° component. Employees have to name 3-5 colleagues (can be superiors, peers, skips, etc.) to contribute to the process. How should I select them?

I have a high degree of uncertainty about how to choose people (which is why I'm asking), but my initial thought is to balance these three considerations:

  • Likely to give positive feedback
  • Have worked together closely
  • Include a balance of people from my team, internal customers, skips, etc.

The peer reviews include quantitative (1-5) questions like "generates high quality work" and "is easy to work with", as well as narrative description of strengths, weaknesses, and examples. The complete (non-anonymous) results are shared directly with the manager of the employee being reviewed, to help with the performance evaluation. Employees never see their colleagues' reviews. Managers can

I have to name my reviewers this week. Any thoughts on how to select them is much appreciated!

Smacquarrie's picture

Are you doing the 360 because you want to improve or because you want a good review?
My suggestion to you, and the same criteria I used for my last 360, is:
One of my manager's peers whom I support or work closely with
2-3 of my own peers - this includes at least one who performs the same primary function as me and the other(s) are those whom I support in some fashion
Finally, I look at someone outside of my own area that I provide support to in some fashion or that is a customer of a deliverable that I provide.

I hope that this helps.