Regular employee assessments are an important part of any human resources programme. While checking in with an employee will provide you valuable information about their individual motivations, attitude, comfort in their role, and their own perspective on their workplace interactions, it is only a small piece of the pie when trying to understand how they fit in with your organisation.
A 360 assessment is a useful workplace tool to gain a full understanding of an employee's performance. Obtaining feedback from a range of people that an employee encounters in their role gives you a broad view which can be used to increase morale, personal growth, and productivity.
Whether an employee has been with your organisation for a short time or is a seasoned veteran, there is something to be gained from a thorough assessment. Let's take a look at how HR Profiling Solutions can help your organisation's productivity and bottom line with a comprehensive 360 assessment.
What is a 360 Assessment?
A 360 assessment is a feedback tool for measuring and evaluating performance, behaviours, and competencies of an employee. It gathers anonymous feedback from integral team members, potentially including managers, peers, direct reporting staff members, other members of the workforce, and even clients or customers.
Unlike a typical performance review which is conducted solely by an employees manager, the 360 assessment provides the opportunity to address feedback from everyone who works with the employee to gain a more thorough understanding of their performance.
It is called a 360 review as it elicits feedback from all directions within an organisation. When feedback is anonymously shared with the employee, it provides them a full spectrum of how their performance and work contribution is viewed from every angle of the organisation.
What is the Purpose of a 360 Assessment?
The purpose of a 360 assessment is to provide constructive feedback to employees in order to increase engagement and motivation in the workplace. At the same time, it encourages teamwork, personal growth, and adjustments to behaviours and performance where needed. Once your whole team adopts a feedback culture and can appreciate and learn from it, they will be on their way to functioning like a well-oiled machine.
Considering the current workplace climate where remote working is becoming the norm, it may be more difficult for managers to collate a clear picture of their employees' impact and even of their own performance since there is less face-to-face interaction with colleagues. This makes 360 feedback an important tool for any organisation, particularly if they are utilising remote work arrangements..
Instead of receiving feedback once a year, assessment from a wider group of people on a regular basis can help employees recognise their patterns, learn to absorb and process feedback, and grow as professionals. Additionally, it can ensure an employee gains the recognition they deserve for high performance that might otherwise go unrecognised.