Tata Consultancy Services is the latest organization in India who is doing away with bell curve based performance appraisal system. India's largest IT service company has now moved to another system of continuous feedback from this year. N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD said "This year we did not do any forced rankings or curve fitting.” TCS will now look at various tools to make the process better and continuous. Wipro had also said goodbye to bell curve and has been working on implementing a new system of evaluation.
Microsoft abandoned bell curve system back in 2013 as it believed that it killed innovation and teamwork in the organization. Cisco followed and moved away from bell curve system as well. Infosys in February this year put together a new performance appraisal system called iCount to replace the bell curve assessment for its employees. This new system rewards individual performers on the basis of specific target. The major change in this new appraisal system was that the employees would be offered feedback throughout the year rather than one-time annual feedback.
The list of organizations that have abandoned bell curve assessment grows. More and more organizations in the future are expected to follow the suit and shift to models that provide continuous feedback for the employees.
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