Plan may harm young managers

first_imgGovernment plans to introduce 360-degree feedback for all senior civilservants in an effort to improve leadership could backfire, experts havewarned.The proposal is contained in a wholesale reform of Whitehall personnelpolicies.The scheme is to be put in place for the top 150 civil servants immediatelyand for all senior mandarins by the end of 2001.Patricia Hind, head of the MBA programme at Ashridge Management College,said her research, released this month, shows that younger managers could bedamaged by 360-degree feedback. “Better communication is a good thing buta 360-degree instrument is not necessarily the best way of giving thatfeedback,” she said.”This is particularly so for younger managers if they have not hadchance to display skills the feedback seeks to appraise.”She said older managers often achieve good appraisals simply because theirgreater experience creates a “halo effect”.The assessment takes into account the views of junior staff, peers, linemanager and customers. Research by Roffey Park Management Institute last yearfound firms are ditching the tool.www.cabinet-office.gov.ukwww.ashridge.ac.uk Related posts:No related photos. Plan may harm young managersOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more