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Martin Brooks

Chris I totally agree about the demotivating effect of the forced distribution. A problem compounded by the pseudo-scientific procedure to sort people into performance bands using incomplete evidence of achievement against inappropriate objectives that may be SMART but aren't wisely chosen. The only possible advantage might be that in a disloyal world of work where everyone is moving and shaking this creates an element of churn that allows fresh blood to enter an organisation. So in their words the 'bottom 10% are sacrificed however good they are individually to improve the gene pool - survival of the fittest.

Chris Rodgers

Thanks, Martin.

Not sure, though, how getting rid of 'good' people "improves the gene pool". It seems to me more likely that it would tend to lead to more cloning, compliance and 'keep your head down' behaviour.

Survival of the fittest equals survival of the 'best fit'. In this case, that means fitting in or risk being told to...

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