Common Appraisal Methods 2: Narratives, Forced Choice & Forced Distribution


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Sarah the supervisor would like an appraisal system that doesn't rank employees or compare them with one another. Which appraisal method should Sarah use?

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1. A large corporation uses an appraisal method where the bottom 10% of employees must show immediate improvement or be terminated. Which appraisal method are they using?

2. Matt the manager is completing an appraisal that consists of answering multiple choice questions regarding his employees' traits. Which appraisal method is Matt using?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the three main types of appraisal methods used in the workplace. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the characteristics of the three methods and how they can be used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The appraisal method that's qualitative in nature
  • The method forcing the rater to place a set number of employees into different performance categories
  • The appraisal method that requires the rater to answer multiple choice questions about employee traits that are either all good or all bad
  • Which methods can be translated to a graphical representation of a bell curve
  • The method that involves writing an essay about an employee's performance

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as narrative and forced distribution
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on narratives, forced choice and forced distribution as appraisal methods
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast forced choice and forced distribution
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about identifying the appraisal method used in various scenarios

Additional Learning

To learn more about the three types of techniques that can be used to appraise employees, review the corresponding lesson on Narratives, Forced Choice and Forced Distribution as Appraisal Methods. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define narrative
  • Understand how the forced choice technique is used
  • Review the forced distribution method
  • Explore examples of these appraisal methods in use