Yahoo's Latest HR Disaster: Ranking Workers on a Curve

Marissa Mayer at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

If Marissa Mayer is as good at identifying winning startups as she is at embracing contentious human resources practices, Yahoo! is going to be just fine. Several months after the great work-at-home kerfuffle of 2013, Yahoo employees were up in arms about a new policy that forces managers to rank employees on a bell curve, then fire those at the low end. According to AllThingsD, Marissa Mayer reportedly told Yahoo workers that the rankings weren’t mandatory, but many people disagree. The company hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

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