360 Degree Feedback Benefits

by Brick Jackson

In the workplace, most people are familiar with the standard annual reviews that companies perform which is usually done on a yearly basis which can then lead to raises and or promotions. There are additional forms of evaluation that companies can use as well, with one of these being 360 Degree Feedback. The 360 degree feedback survey encompasses feedback from multiple people that you come in contact with, such as your direct boss, internal and external customers, co-workers, any people that you manage and then yourself. Some companies may also refer to his as a peer review process.

The benefit of using a 360 degree feedback system is that it allows the employee to see how others perceive them in the organization and because there are multiple people rating them, it gives them a lot of different perspectives. This type of peer feedback is crucial in helping the employee to make the changes that are necessary to help improve their performance.

This can help an employee to shore up any weaknesses that they have in there performance or to see any blind spots that they were not aware of based on how others may perceive them.

The 360 Degree Feedback Questionnaire

Typically 360 degree feedback surveys will have anywhere from 50 to 100 questions broken down into 15 to 30 smaller buckets that help to create additional reports based on the responses from others.

The time to complete the survey will usually take a minute or two per question so it could take one to two and a half hours depending on how many 360 degree feedback questions there are.

Keep this time in mind when deciding on who you want to ask for their feedback as some managers may not have the time to complete the survey before the deadline and you will end up with incomplete 360 degrees feedback in your final report.

If you do not want to use an outside service to handle the questions and the final report and would instead rather do it internally, there are different types of 360 degree feedback software programs that can be used to help you through the process.

360 degree feedback form

Once you get the final results back, make sure to set aside a good amount of time to review the information as a 50 question test could result in 20-30 pages of 360 degree performance feedback depending on what areas you are trying to capture.

Some areas on the 360 degree feedback form that companies should look capture include items such as skill strengths and weaknesses, skill blind spots and behaviors to be aware of.


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