Why are 360s based on competencies?

Competencies are commonly used to articulate a consistent measure of performance in areas relevant to and required by the company to achieve its goals and objectives. They provide a common language for the organisation by describing exactly what individuals need to be doing to achieve their objectives. Well-written competencies describe the behaviours, skills and knowledge that the individuals need to have. This makes them perfect for a 360 survey as the competency can be broken down into statements that can be used to evaluate and individuals current performance levels. The output of the 360 feedback provides a clear review of the individuals capability with and identifies the areas for development as well as the areas in which the individual can leverage their strengths.


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