The 360° assessment is designed to help employees hone their professional skills using a combined perspective of their immediate work circle. It assesses feedback from self-evaluation, supervisors, peers, and direct reports regarding various skills. In some cases, feedback is also requested from customers and vendors. Team work, communication, leadership, management skills, and team impact may be assessed, among other areas.
A combined perspective helps balance the feedback and create a clear picture for employees about their behavior and skills. Results can help individuals plan and map specific paths in their development, as well as assist your organization with executive coaching, training and development, performance appraisals, feedback sessions, and many other applications.
Companies typically use the 360° as a development tool to help employees recognize strengths and weaknesses and become more effective. Because the opinions are anonymous, they are often more honest than face-to-face feedback. Once participants have insight into how others perceive them, they are able to adjust behaviors and develop skills to help them improve.
HRMC and our consultants have experience using a variety of tools and methodologies based on the client needs and the desired outcomes. One tool that we often use is Everything DiSC 363® for Leaders as it provides several unique features incorporated into a 360° assessment tool with a focus on + 3° Insight. Leaders are given three areas of focus to improve their leadership effectiveness, including next step strategies that can be put into action immediately. Supplemented with career coaching, this is a very effective leadership development strategy.