360 degree reviews

How to Conduct a Constructive 360 Degree Review

In last year’s Alternative Hangouts, a number of our panellists mentioned that they perform 360 performance reviews. But what exactly are they and how can they help your team develop their skills?

What is a 360 degree review?

While traditional appraisals look like employees receiving feedback from their employer about their job performance, a 360 degree review has a more holistic approach. Instead of just factoring in feedback from a manager, 360 degree feedback requires input from multiple team members. This extends beyond basic technical performance expectations and focuses on the development of soft skills. It’s important to note that a 360 review isn’t designed to replace a performance appraisal but to complement it so that technical skills and soft skills are intertwined for maximum impact.

These soft skills might include but aren’t limited to the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Relational

Ultimately, the goal of a 360 degree review is to empower employees to harness their potential. It is not designed to overwhelm them by flooding them with harsh criticism.

What are the benefits of 360 degree reviews?

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