Larry Cipolla
February 27, 2013

It is unrealistic to think that every employee within an organization will be perfect, especially when they first start the job. However, common workplace issues can be caught before they become major problems that are dangerous to a business' bottom line. The following problems can happen to team members at all levels, but with the right feedback, improvement is possible.

  • Poor communication – Not everyone is blessed with an innate oratorical ability. However, this does not mean that a business has to suffer from miscommunication between employees. Integrating 360 degree feedback into employee evaluations can help managers work with team members. To that same effect, leadership can benefit from hearing about how employees have been affected by their lack of communication. With a well-rounded appraisal process, contributors at all levels can receive constructive criticism on how to move forward. Even something as simple as being more responsive to emails can help a company.
  • Unable or unwilling to adapt to change – Being a chameleon is difficult, but with 360 evaluations employees can be given a complete review that shows how they are currently impacting the business and how they will in the future. These surveys can highlight individual strengths while giving options for how best to make adjustments that will benefit a company as a whole.
  • Ineffective task management – This is an issue that can occur with leadership or their employees. However, with the 360 feedback process, individuals will be given feedback from numerous parties. With this information, an action plan can be created – with the help of a manager – to ensure that the employee in question understands how to move forward in the best way possible. Time management can be taught, and with two-way communication it will be much easier to do so.

Once implemented 360 degree feedback has the ability to help employees at all levels work toward their full potential.