Forced Ranking | Meaning and Definition

What is Forced Ranking?

The vitality curve, sometimes known as forced ranking, is a contentious management technique that assesses, ranks, and grades workers’ job performance by comparing them to one another rather than against established norms. Employees are placed into three groups in the forced ranking process: A, B, or C.

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Forced Ranking 

Large organizations might use the forced ranking to systematize their HR operations. It may also aid in the identification of top performers, as well as the combating of falsely inflated performance evaluations and nepotism. Overall, the forced ranking has the potential to boost productivity, profit, and shareholder value.

On the other side, it concentrates on creating subjective comparisons between a company’s best and worst employees, which can have unfavorable consequences such as the departure of people who go on to become exceptional performers in other companies.  

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