What Is a 360 Degree Appraisal? - Definition & Examples

What Is a 360 Degree Appraisal? - Definition & Examples
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Instructor: Carol Woods

Carol has taught college Finance, Accounting, Management and Business courses and has a MBA in Finance.

Have you heard of a 360 degree appraisal? Do you know what it is and how it fits in with the employee review process? In this lesson, you'll learn what it is, why companies do them, and the steps in the 360 degree appraisal process.

What Is a 360 Degree Appraisal?

A 360 degree appraisal is a type of employee performance review in which subordinates, co-workers, and managers all anonymously rate the employee. This information is then incorporated into that person's performance review.


In a 360 degree appraisal, a staff member's work for a specific period of time, often a year, is discussed and critiqued by other employees. The 360 degree process is different, in that it obtains feedback from co-workers and subordinates, instead of just from the direct supervisor. The goal of the process is to better understand how the employee is functioning as part of the team and to improve the ways team members work together.

How Does It Work?

We'll walk through the 360 degree appraisal process for Joe, a manager in a local company.

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