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Or graphic rating scales. A technique for evaluating the performance of an employee which can be used as part of the appraisal process. The technique involves listing the desirable traits that the jobholder should possess (such as reliability, integrity, drive, leadership ability) and rating (e.g. on a five-point scale) each employee for each of these traits. These trait scores can then be aggregated into overall performance scores. This rating method is relatively simple to develop and administer, but suffers from two main drawbacks. (1) It is judgmental, rather than developmental, especially since the appraisee has no input into the grading decisions. (2) It is questionable whether some traits can be accurately and fairly rated. For example, whilst it might be possible to judge something like productivity, is it really possible to rate integrity or drive on a five-point scale? In order to address this problem, some organizations rate the employee's performance on job duties (e.g. keyboarding skills, dealing with customers, running meetings) rather than traits. Other organizations reject the method entirely and instead adopt one of the alternative techniques such as behaviourally anchored rating scales (BARS) or behavioural observation scales (BOS).

(1) It is judgmental, rather than developmental, especially since the appraisee has no input into the grading decisions. (2) It is questionable whether some traits can be accurately and fairly rated.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.


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