When to Avoid 360 Degree Feedback

Is 360 degree feedback ever inappropriate? Yes, when:

• there is no clear purpose for the 360 degree feedback process.
• it is not fully supported by the leaders in the organization.
• individuals have not been in their roles long enough to provide or receive valid feedback (our suggestion is that individuals be in a role at least 8 months).
• there are not enough respondents who truly understand the full scope of the individual’s responsibilities.
• the group or organization is experiencing or just experienced major change.
• there is a high degree of mistrust or cynicism in the organization.
• the goal for the process is not development focused.

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