Dear Senior Please update me on bell curve. What are the components of bell curve.How does it represent performance issues. Regards Saurav
From India, Madras
Hi Saurav,
Bell curve is nothing but a Normal distribution curve. In a big company where number of associates are more, HR try to fit the rating of associates in normal distribution.
The steps for the same are as below
1. Prepare a merit list of all associates as per their performances.
2. Give them rating of Excellent to below average as per enclosed sheet.

From India, Delhi

Attached Files
File Type: xls rating.xls (20.0 KB, 4044 views)

Hi Saurav, Bell curve is also called as Forced distributin Method.You can checkout this small ppt

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From United Kingdom
You are right Simhan.
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From India, Hyderabad
Dear Nashbramhall! Could you please guide me how can I ask the question on main? As i wanna help in getting the material on "Manage Employee Performance & Reward by John Shield. Best Regards
From Pakistan
Hi, The percentage which u gave through the excel sheet may be wrong plz check. Rating % of associates Excellent 15% Very Good 20% Good 40% Average 20% Below Average 5%
From India, Bangalore
Hi Dhananjay, You can adjust % in different rating heads slightly, but be remembered tht total must be 100%. Regards Sanjeev
From India, Delhi
Pl find attached a document .. hope this will help you to understand the concept
Ideal PErcentage for Bell curve are as follows ..
Rating % of associates
Excellent 5%
Very Good 7.5%
Good 60%
Average 17.5%
Below Average 10%

From India, Mumbai

Attached Files
File Type: ppt bell_curve_213.ppt (131.0 KB, 2218 views)

  • PPT has explained the Bell Curve very well. Thanks a lot.
  • Since curve is shaped like a bell, it is called bell curve.
  • Though it is called a normal distribution, often it has to be forced, especially when salary increments and rewards are directly linked to individual performance ratings. Bosses often tend to rate everyone as good or outstanding.
  • Forced distribution helps in really identifying outstanding or excellent performers from mere good performers and also to identify poor performers.
  • Most often unless forced to follow the bell curve, there will be hardly any poor performers and all employees will be rated as Excellent or Good. In such a situation Management has to pose question to HODs and Appraisers that, if all are performing Good or Excellent then company and it's each department must be achieving all it's targets and goals, which is often not a case.

From India, Pune

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