Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rewards for Sucking Up to Employees

Many of you have probably heard of the idea of 360-degree reviews. HCL Technologies, an Indian outsourcing firm, has a new twist on the system according to this story from Business Week. The company allows employees to view their supervisor's scores along with the scores of the top 20 managers of the company.

According to the CEO, "We are trying, as much as possible, to get the manager to suck up to the employee." I guess I was absent the day someone explained why it's a good idea to have managers "sucking up" to employees. Yes, I understand that we need to move away from more dictatorial management styles, and 360-degree reviews might help facilitate that process. But, do we really want managers trying to curry favor with their employees in order to boost their public ratings?

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