Everything has its pluses and minuses; so does 360 degree evaluation system! Feedback is always good and welcome; but the systems and methods of giving the same do not necessarily serve us well. It is also not that its pluses and minuses would be equal in number or magnitude. 360 degree evaluation or assessment has gained mass appeal and hence most organizations and individuals put their faith in it; but that is blind folded, unless its prizes and pitfalls are understood! Let us also not forget, what appeals to most is generally a mistake!!
Upside of 360 degree Evaluation system
Downside of the system
Evaluate now the Evaluation system carefully:
What to discern out of 360 degree?
So, there are more pitfalls than prizes in 360 degree Evaluation system!
However good the feedback system or methods may be designed, these would work well only if:
Very pertinent point, which emerges out of above, is that both assesse and assessor benefit from good quality feedback!
Lastly, those, who are conscious to change and become better, believe in figuring out feedback from the response or reaction of others for their own attitude and actions on-the-spot. They do not wait for a formal feedback. As a rule, formal feedback, if given scrupulously, cannot spring any surprise to such people!!