You Manage It! 1: Ethics/Social Responsibility Rank and Yank: Legitimate Performance Improvement Tool or Ruthless and Unethical Management?

Forced ranking is a performance appraisal system popularized by Jack Welch when he was CEO of General Electric. It is a system that has been given the derogatory label of “rank and yank” by its critics. The intent of the forced-ranking system is to improve the performance level of an operation by getting rid of the bottom 10 percent of performers and hiring replacements who will perform at a high level. Ranking judgments can be made in a variety of ways. For example, a forced distribution can pre-assign ...

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