Employee Ranking

Many organizations have adopted employee ranking systems, some with great success while others were demoralizing messes. Enron’s famed “rank and yank” approach was feared throughout the organization and is considered partly responsible for the collapse of the company. Other organizations have been much more successful with their ranking systems. General Electric has been a company that has promoted forced ranking as a harbinger of success. Whatever the case may be for your organization, it is important to understand these employee ranking systems, in order to gauge the possible benefits of them. Should employee ranking be something that is already practiced by your organization, or something that is being considered, this template provides an easy method for ranking employees against a set metric. This template is designed to be used on all levels of the organization. Easy to use and share, this template can be a valuable addition to your management toolkit.

Below we have a blank 3 column employee ranking template which can be found at https://www.solveboard.com/solveboard/view/model/1024

In addition you can find a blank 5 column employee ranking template at https://www.solveboard.com/solveboard/view/model/1025


How to Use:

  1. The first thing you need to do when using this template, is determine which metric you are going to be ranking employees against. This template is designed to be used for one metric per ranking excercise. If you have multiple metrics you can set up a separate canvas for each of them. For the purposes of this tutorial we are going to look at a group manager who is group employees by their productivity. This is further defined as being the number of actions that they perform in a month.         Picture7
  2. Now using the columns, input the individual employees into the column that corresponds with their ranking. As you can see below, when the manager looks at productivity, Bill Myers needs to make improvements while Tim Kilroy is very successful. There are several ways to rank employees. This example uses a free placement approach. Other ranking systems will limit the number of very successful members to a percentage of the total group. Others will require a certain percentage of employees to be in need of improvement. How you organize employees into these three columns is up to you and your individual circumstances.               Picture8
  3. Use the information panel as needed to expand upon any of the items on the template. Information panels allow you to provide additional text, upload files for viewers to download, and/or provide website links that connect items with external websites.          Picture9

You can find this finished employee ranking template at https://www.solveboard.com/solveboard/view/model/1023

Employee ranking can be a useful excercise for many organizations. In organizations that emphasize competition this approach can be extremely effective at both promoting high performers while removing poor ones to make way for fresh blood. Whatever the case may be for your organization, this template can be a useful tool, if only as a hypothetical excercise. Easy to use, share, and update this template can be a valuable addition to your management toolkit.

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