Employees rate each other in ALL meetings and without giving much explanation. It’s expected and acceptable that one person’s assessment can be completely tangential to another person. The dot collector’s data can be used by employees to suggest improvements, decide a project team and even shoot people up/down for promos. Employees can access not only their traits as rated by their peers individually but also other’s traits who rated them. For example, a designer might rate a developer as
Believable too whereas a developer can rate the creative person as
Not believable assuming his creative knowledge is low. This could prompt the designer to change his language so that developers understand the reasoning behind his decisions.
I was able to see major merits in this system, atleast so much that had I had some authority over testing this out, I would go for it! Let me list down my reasons:
Dot Collector is very open, so evaluation is always accessible and one can always try to rectify their ways before their fate is sealed for another half/year as it happens in most performance cadence.
Dot Collector not just aims to distribute the rewards to employees via their promotions but also help them pair up with ideal folks where their productivity can be improved.
Dot Collector understands and depicts human bias while being inclusive to the seemingly most silent people in the room.
There are some points where I feel more thought is needed:
Dot Collector is only as much effective as it’s questions and the motivation of people to carry such a system in all meetings. It sounds like a structured way of using
Kudos tools deployed in many companies to celebrate peer’s effort.
Dot Collector may not represent the needs of an organization when needed! We would not have data on a new person causing the view to suffer from bias. For example, it could suggest promoting a new employee after his/her first presentation is loved by many attendees.
Dot collector may be biased towards socially charismatic people and against less influential people, making it more suitable towards non-pure-tech roles. Gaming the system seems easy!
I feel Dot Collector system needs some modifications and a more comprehensive thought around its implementation. With a limited idea around the tool, a few Pros and Cons will always be missing unless there is a case study published and ratified by many. It looks very thought-provoking and promises to be closer to an ideal employee assessment system by addressing some flaws that exist today.
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