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Alternation ranking is a performance appraisal method that is commonly used by employers. Using this method, a rater (usually a manager) selects the best- and worst-performing employees based on a particular trait, then the next best and worst, and so on, until all employees have been rated. In order to...

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Alternation ranking is a performance appraisal method that is commonly used by employers. Using this method, a rater (usually a manager) selects the best- and worst-performing employees based on a particular trait, then the next best and worst, and so on, until all employees have been rated. In order to do this, a manager will make a numbered list for the total number of employees to be in the ranking. They will place the employee with the highest ranking in the first spot and fill in the rest of the list until the lowest-ranked employee for the trait is in the last numbered spot. The manager will make another list and continue ranking employees for each trait to be measured.

To come up with the employee's overall ranking, the manager will add up the number the employee is ranked on each trait list and then divide this sum by the number of traits ranked. For instance, say a manager ranks his employees according to three different traits. The traits ranked are productivity, quality, and job knowledge. George is ranked at #1 for productivity, #6 for quality, and #5 for job knowledge. The manager would add 1 + 6 + 5 = 12. Since there are 3 traits that are measured, the manager would take the total and divide it by 3. As a result, George's overall ranking on the given employee scale is #4.

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