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8.5. Employee Ranking and Rating

So far, I have drawn a positive picture of the PE process, with only a few clouds. If approached seriously, the process described in the previous sections will give your employees a useful picture of their job performance and guidance for their professional development.

But, there is a dark side to the PE process. Between the time you complete the written PE, and the time you hold the PE discussion, the odds are that you will need to meet with your department management team – this includes you, your peer managers and your common manager at the next highest level – to assign ratings and rankings. This is where the PE process usually dives headfirst into the weeds.

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