Why 'Forced' Job Rankings Don't Work

Managers shouldn't have to use arbitrary evaluation systems that pit employees against each other

Ten million years ago, when Ronald Reagan was President, and gigantic reptiles ruled the earth, I was a young HR person in training. During those days, I went to countless management-training seminars, and heard this mantra over and over: "Management is comprised of four activities. The four activities of Management are planning, forecasting, budgeting, and controlling." Don't laugh! This was solemn wisdom, back in the eighties.

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