I am new to the 360 degree feedback process and have been given the opportunity to document my experience for others to gain an account and insight into the process and how I use the information for development. With posts at regular intervals I will include updates and information at each stage of the process sharing my experience and a real account of how I am finding things. I am also going to be using a platform for development called Momentor
, which I am told, will plug in the results from my 360 degree feedback and allow me to set goals, develop my action plan and monitor progress.
1st July 2014: Nominating and Self-Rating
Today I received my 360 degree feedback invitation via email. I was already expecting this and my manager has explained the purpose of the 360 review and the process. The 360 tool that has been chosen is called LeaderView360
. I was told that this was the most appropriate questionnaire for my level within the organisation and the behaviours and competencies required in my role. It was made very clear to me that this 360 degree feedback process was confidential and solely to be used for my personal development. On one hand I am a little nervous about what to expect as this is the first 360 I have completed for myself and I wonder how my colleagues will respond, on the other I am looking forward to having the kind of feedback that this will provide me with to make some informed decisions about where best to focus development efforts.
The 360 invitation email that I received was clear and concise and confirmed all the information that my manager had told me about the process. There were two links for me to access, both with a deadline date attached to them. The first link was for me to nominate those who I was going to choose to review my performance – my Manager, Colleagues, and Direct reports. I clicked the link and followed the easy steps to add the details of my colleagues – their first name, last name, reviewer type and email address. Once I was finished I clicked save. It was very quick and simple to set up my reviewers. I didn’t have to do anything else. I retained access to the list though so I could go back in to review who I had included and also add more reviewers if I decided to. I could also preview the email that they would receive.
The second link was to complete the 360 questionnaire on myself. This was straightforward using an effectiveness scale from 1-5. I got to review my answers before submitting and did make a few changes before finally submitting. The questionnaire only took 15 minutes to complete.
The invitation email also contained details of where to go for technical support – both a phone number and an email address.
So, I have now nominated the people I would like to receive feedback from and completed my self-assessment. I have been informed that the process of collecting questionnaire information will take around 3 weeks so my manager and I have scheduled in a feedback session in a month’s time. Apprehensive but looking forward to receiving the feedback and working towards my own personal development and improvement.
Please feel free to pose any questions about the process in the comments and watch out for my next instalment...