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Checkpoint replaces annual appraisal system at IBM
HRK News Bureau | Mumbai | Friday, 05 February 2016

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CheckPoint has been co-created by employees through an internal social media campaign. It has received 75,000 views and 2,000 comments from its 3.8 lakh employees across 170 countries.

IBM has replaced its annual appraisal system with a new one, CheckPoint, which will be more regular —around four in a year — in terms of feedback so that employees can change their goals as the year progresses.

In the old system, which was called personal business commitment, IBMers were judged by a single number, based individual performance, mostly in one quarter, which is the best.

CheckPoint has been co-created by employees through an internal social media campaign. It has received 75,000 views and 2,000 comments from its 3.8 lakh employees across 170 countries.

The new system will evaluate employees on five parameters — business results, impact on client success, innovation, personal responsibility to others and skills. The managers will get to evaluate their team members on just three criteria — whether they have exceeded their target, achieved it or require improvement.

The employees were also asked to vote on topics, such as work priorities, teamwork, skills, value and innovation via online mini polls.

At a town hall meeting in Bengaluru, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty stressed on the need to reinvent and transform at a time when the global technology industry is undergoing tectonic shifts, with the emergence of cloud computing, Internet of Things and cognitive computing.

The new appraisal system basically seeks to maximise the output and productivity of each employee and ensure that all of them keep meeting their targets through the course of the year.

© 2016 HR Katha

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