Yahoo employees gripe about forced rankings

An HR problem has become a PR problem after internal message board posts about rankings on a ‘bell curve’ have become public.

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A few months ago, the company incited a national conversation about working from home … when it disallowed employees to work from home. Now, it’s dismissing employees based on a ranking system many employees are calling questionable.

All Things D, citing an internal Yahoo message board, reports that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer instituted an evaluation system that has resulted 600 firings in recent weeks.

At question is the “Quarterly Performance Review,” which “forces managers to rank some of their staff with designations of ‘Occasionally Misses’ and ‘Misses,’ even if it is not the case, via what is essentially a modified bell curve.” Managers felt they had to give failing grades to employees who were performing adequately or above.

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