CrowdScorched
Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
the

CrowdScorched
performance review

Recognition is a problem
that needs to be fixed,
not a “crowdsourced”
cure for perf...
Two facts emerge

anytime a research study
is done on recognition.

BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India ...
Two facts emerge

anytime a research study
is done on recognition.

First -

it’s exceptionally important.

BI WORLDWIDE.c...
Two facts emerge

anytime a research study
is done on recognition.

First -

it’s exceptionally important.

Second -

comp...
These two facts define
what should be done about
recognition patterns
in a company and
what should not be done
with that i...
Over the past year, the HR
community has kicked
around ideas for incorporating
recognition statistics into
performance rev...
Over the past year, the HR
community has kicked
around ideas for incorporating
recognition statistics into
performance rev...
“With the majority of big data
sources, you need to assume that
you are working with data that
is not clean,” warns the bo...
One commentator cautioned
that turning recognition
into evaluation criteria
“can quickly devolve into a
popularity contest...
One commentator cautioned
that turning recognition
into evaluation criteria
“can quickly devolve into a
popularity contest...
The biggest problem
with crowdsourcing
performance appraisals, however,
is that the practice can
lead to legal actions
aga...
Crowdsourcing “makes labor lawyers
cringe,” reported Fortune
in October, 2013.
“The biggest problem with
crowdsourcing per...
The usefulness of the “crowdsourced
performance review” depends
entirely on recognition data being
a reliable proxy for pe...
The usefulness of the “crowdsourced
performance review” depends
entirely on recognition data being
a reliable proxy for pe...
Recognition is a crucial aspect in
creating employees’ commitment to
their organization and in
motivating high levels of p...
Recognition is a crucial aspect in
creating employees’ commitment to
their organization and in
motivating high levels of p...
The most effective recognition
is a social exchange rather than
a financial transaction.

BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | C...
The connection between
recognition and performance
is further muddied by the fact
that people differ dramatically
in their...
Many employees produce,
invent, spot hazards, please customers
and reduce waste
working in relative isolation.

BI WORLDWI...
Many employees produce,
invent, spot hazards, please customers
and reduce waste
working in relative isolation.
Should they...
Many employees produce,
invent, spot hazards, please customers
and reduce waste
working in relative isolation.
Should they...
Companies, managers
and peers often fail to
recognize the best work
of the firm’s employees.

BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia...
In the US, only
two-thirds of employees
are “confident that
if I do good work, it will
be recognized.”

BI WORLDWIDE.com |...
Only 7 in 10 agree:
“My coworkers tell me
when I do a good job.”

BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | ...
16% say it with greater force:
“No one notices when
I do a good job.”

BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | Ind...
Given the importance of being
acknowledged for a job well
done, a company should be
constantly seeking to improve
the conn...
Employees themselves
have quite mixed feelings
about incorporating recognition
or the lack thereof
into their performance ...
21% say they would be
uncomfortable having
their evaluations based on
recognition they do
or don’t receive from peers.

BI...
The percentage of those squeamish
about being “crowdsourced”
increases, understandably, among
the sizable proportions who ...
Learn more about how crowdsourcing
is detrimental to a corporate culture
by downloading the complete
white paper by Rodd W...
follow us...

BI WORLDWIDE uses the principles of behavioral economics to produce
measurable results for our clients by dr...
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Recognition is a problem that needs to be fixed, not a “crowdsourced” cure for performance evaluation problems.
Mixing recognition and evaluations can contaminate both. And it could land you in court.

Two facts emerge anytime a solid research study is done on recognition.
First, it’s exceptionally important.
Second, companies aren’t very good at it.

These two well-established facts define what should be done about recognition patterns in a company and what should not be done with that information.

Over the past year, the HR community has kicked around ideas for incorporating recognition statistics into performance reviews as part of the larger “big data,” “crowdsourcing,” or social media movements.

It’s a powerfully bad idea.

The chief proponent of feeding recognition data into job evaluations is Eric Mosley, author of a book entitled The Crowdsourced Performance Review: How to Use the Power of Social Recognition to Transform Employee Performance. The short version of his argument is that performance appraisals suffer from “serious and structural” problems that frustrate company performance; that too much responsibility for the evaluation falls on managers, who “lack the insight into employee performance” that’s needed; and that part of the answer lies in harnessing information from peer-to-peer recognition within the company.

“Enter the wisdom of crowds – or crowdsourcing,” writes Mosley. “A group of independently deciding individuals is more likely to make better decisions and more accurate observations than those of an individual. Crowdsourcing, by leveraging social recognition data, is a better way for managers to collect, evaluate and share information on employee performance.”

Leaving aside the fact that Mosley’s position is intended to sell his company’s recognition platform (“In other news: Dairy farmers say people should drink more milk,” one person commented on one of Mosley’s online articles) his proposal violates the second fact about recognition. Recognition is a problem that needs to be fixed, not a “crowdsourced” cure for performance evaluation problems. Using recognition statistics in performance evaluations risks contaminating both recognition and appraisal systems.

Under this plan, thanking someone for a job well done doesn’t just recognize him – it goes into his personnel file. It might even land the company in court.

Bastardizing information is a common issue in business. Someone realizes there’s a trove of statistics somewhere in the computers and siphons it off to make decisions for which the data were not designed. Whenever large amounts of data are gathered, there is a temptation to believe that by its sheer “bigness” it must contain diagnostic patterns. Sometimes the opposite is true; biases in the data may have it pointing in the wrong direction.

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  1. 1. CrowdScorched Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  2. 2. the CrowdScorched performance review Recognition is a problem that needs to be fixed, not a “crowdsourced” cure for performance evaluation problems. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  3. 3. Two facts emerge anytime a research study is done on recognition. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  4. 4. Two facts emerge anytime a research study is done on recognition. First - it’s exceptionally important. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  5. 5. Two facts emerge anytime a research study is done on recognition. First - it’s exceptionally important. Second - companies aren’t very good at it. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  6. 6. These two facts define what should be done about recognition patterns in a company and what should not be done with that information. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  7. 7. Over the past year, the HR community has kicked around ideas for incorporating recognition statistics into performance reviews as part of the “big data,” “crowdsourcing, ” or social media movements. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  8. 8. Over the past year, the HR community has kicked around ideas for incorporating recognition statistics into performance reviews as part of the “big data,” “crowdsourcing,“ or social media movements. It’s a powerfully BAD idea. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  9. 9. “With the majority of big data sources, you need to assume that you are working with data that is not clean,” warns the book Big Data for Dummies. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  10. 10. One commentator cautioned that turning recognition into evaluation criteria “can quickly devolve into a popularity contest and as your staff learns you are doing this, it can be gamed, just like any politician: BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  11. 11. One commentator cautioned that turning recognition into evaluation criteria “can quickly devolve into a popularity contest and as your staff learns you are doing this, it can be gamed, just like any politician: ‘Hey, I’ll give you kudos for your thing if you give me public props for mine. We both win.’” BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  12. 12. The biggest problem with crowdsourcing performance appraisals, however, is that the practice can lead to legal actions against a company. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  13. 13. Crowdsourcing “makes labor lawyers cringe,” reported Fortune in October, 2013. “The biggest problem with crowdsourcing performance appraisals,” the magazine warned, “is that the practice can muddy the legal waters if an employee sues the company.” BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  14. 14. The usefulness of the “crowdsourced performance review” depends entirely on recognition data being a reliable proxy for performance at the individual level. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  15. 15. The usefulness of the “crowdsourced performance review” depends entirely on recognition data being a reliable proxy for performance at the individual level. In other words, an HR department, and the company must be confident that the recognition each person receives corresponds to his or her contribution to the firm. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  16. 16. Recognition is a crucial aspect in creating employees’ commitment to their organization and in motivating high levels of performance. It’s part of the unwritten social contract. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  17. 17. Recognition is a crucial aspect in creating employees’ commitment to their organization and in motivating high levels of performance. It’s part of the unwritten social contract. Employees who feel well recognized are more likely to stay, to focus better on customers, to be more productive and to otherwise look out for the company. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  18. 18. The most effective recognition is a social exchange rather than a financial transaction. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  19. 19. The connection between recognition and performance is further muddied by the fact that people differ dramatically in their level of interaction with colleagues, the frequency of recognition they give and the type and amount of recognition they want to receive. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  20. 20. Many employees produce, invent, spot hazards, please customers and reduce waste working in relative isolation. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  21. 21. Many employees produce, invent, spot hazards, please customers and reduce waste working in relative isolation. Should they be recognized more often? BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  22. 22. Many employees produce, invent, spot hazards, please customers and reduce waste working in relative isolation. Should they be recognized more often? Of course! But through no fault of their own, they will not show up as strongly on the crowdsourced radar. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  23. 23. Companies, managers and peers often fail to recognize the best work of the firm’s employees. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  24. 24. In the US, only two-thirds of employees are “confident that if I do good work, it will be recognized.” BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  25. 25. Only 7 in 10 agree: “My coworkers tell me when I do a good job.” BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  26. 26. 16% say it with greater force: “No one notices when I do a good job.” BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  27. 27. Given the importance of being acknowledged for a job well done, a company should be constantly seeking to improve the connection between performance and recognition. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  28. 28. Employees themselves have quite mixed feelings about incorporating recognition or the lack thereof into their performance appraisals. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  29. 29. 21% say they would be uncomfortable having their evaluations based on recognition they do or don’t receive from peers. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  30. 30. The percentage of those squeamish about being “crowdsourced” increases, understandably, among the sizable proportions who say their coworkers aren’t very good at recognition or who lack confidence that if they do a good job it will be recognized. BI WORLDWIDE.com | Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  31. 31. Learn more about how crowdsourcing is detrimental to a corporate culture by downloading the complete white paper by Rodd Wagner. CrowdScorched Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
  32. 32. follow us... BI WORLDWIDE uses the principles of behavioral economics to produce measurable results for our clients by driving and sustaining engagement with their employees, channel partners and customers. Australia | Canada | China | India | Latin America | United Kingdom | United States
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