Employee Ranking Systems LO16593

Richard C. Holloway (learnshops@thresholds.com)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 12:52:40 -0800

Replying to LO16575 --

T.J. Elliott wrote:

> The recent posts villifying management that adopt employee ranking
> prompted this response. I recognize that I am risking my on-line neck by
> offering this comment but feel compelled to do so. Yes, in an ideal world
> employee ranking and forced distribution curves are abandoned. In that
> more perfect universe, we have participative work redesign, fabulous
> self-organizing teams, and other such improvements.

T.J.--thanks for sticking your neck out (takes real bravado on this
list!). I've agreed with the previous posts because they fit my world
view. I proffer this opinion, concerning your point of dealing within the
context of our imperfect world. It seems to me that there are always at
least two ways to move along any path, and the one way can easily lead
into the darker aspects of humanity which take our propensity for
measurement, manage (control), discrimination and so forth into what ends
up being very inhumane or destructive behavior--with often tragic
outcomes. The other direction builds, or restores, the positive aspects
of humanity. We will still measure, manage, discriminate--but with less
potential for harm to ourselves. I realize that I've poorly articulated
my opinion, but if you can see that Sylvania's measuring system will bring
more harm to themselves and the human beings whom they intend to measure,
then perhaps you understand the point I'm trying to make. Our world
history has experienced the extremes outcomes of these forms of
degradation enough, and I, for one, would like to see a continuing process
along the path toward enlightened humanity (at all costs).



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