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What a 360 Assessment is
360 surveys are assessment tools that provide leaders and employees with feedback about their performance. The surveys’ subject is rated in areas such as leadership, communication, productivity, and technical skills. The subject also rates themselves in these areas.
Responses are scored numerically. Higher scores represent strengths and lower scores represent areas for improvement. All of the information is compiled into a report that assembles the results into graphs summarizing the rater responses. The graphs illustrate the employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Participants use this information to make modifications in their behavior and performance.
What 360 Assessments can accomplish for you, your team or your organization
360 surveys allow employees to assess strengths and areas of improvement in their workplace performance, interpersonal communication and/or management style with a focus on individual and organizational development.
Managers and executives can use the information provided by the 360 survey to create organizational and individual development plans. Managers and executives also gain tremendous personal benefit as they see how their leadership styles and methods are perceived by those they manage. As they make adjustments to better interact with and manage their employees, the entire organization benefits from the improvement to productivity.
Why you may need to do a 360 Assessment
360 surveys have their greatest impact when used to evaluate and improve the performance of whole organizations. As its name implies, 360 surveys assess the effect an individuals’ actions are having on an organization, or the their team members, of which they are a part of.
360 surveys produce the best results when they are used as a tool to identify opportunities for change and used to develop individual and organizational goals to make those changes. Each 360 survey should be customized to specific organizational or personal goals. They can use the information gathered during the 360 survey to develop continuous learning programs, and to offer training in those areas where managers and employees should focus their improvement efforts.
Why you need to Cortex to administer a 360
To ensure data provided through a 360 survey is collected, processed and evaluated in an unbiased process, an outside facilitator is preferred. Experienced and certified coaches or executive consultants would be the logical choice to analyze and deliver the survey’s feedback. The use of other professional assessments (DISC/behaviors, Motivators, EQ) are additional tools that we can provide upon request. Understanding the styles of the participant/subject will help explain behaviors outlined in the survey and also help the survey results and development ideas in a constructive manner.
For more information or to order your survey, please contact Courtland James at (540) 776-9219 or on his cell at (434) 987-3898.