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It turns out the human brain hates performance rankings. Adverse reactions to numerical rankings and rating scales are wired deep into our neurological structure, doing more harm than good to your organization.
Research finds they lead to:
Not the outcomes you’re going for, that’s for sure.
Research on the human brain, illustrated in the video linked below, explains why:
In an article titled “Kill Your Performance Ratings,” Strategy + Business sums up the research by the NeuroLeadership Institute like this:
“Only one person feels neurologically rewarded by the PM exercise: the senior executive who oversees it.”
How can your company reverse these effects?
The authors recommend reframing evaluations by using the following techniques:
“Working with the brain’s neuro responses, you can set up employees for more satisfaction and engagement, ultimately building a more powerful talent pool in your company,” the video concludes.
Here’s the full video, just under three minutes:
If you want to dive deeper into the research, you’ll find more here.
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