The 9-box model, often known as the 9-box grid, is a graphic tool that HR uses to help managers discuss employee performance and their overall potential. During the debate, employees are placed into one of nine rectangles mapped along a y- and x-axis.
The x-axis represents the employee’s current job performance, which might be poor, medium, or excellent. Even though the meaning of the y-axis might differ based on an organization’s goals, it generally symbolizes the employee’s capacity, which similarly ascends from low to high.
It’s important to understand that just because an employee is categorized as a low performer or a low potential employee doesn’t mean they should be fired—the present job of an employee influences both potential and performance. Everyone thrives in various situations at different jobs, so knowing where each of the employees fits in the 9-box matrix right now may help a firm solve any challenges they have or determine if another function in the firm would be a better fit for them.