Graphic Rating Scale

Definition (1):

This scale is the simplest and most popular method for appraising performance. The rating scale lists traits (such as “communication “or “teamwork” or “quality of work” or “ethics”) and a range of performance values (from “unsatisfactory” to “outstanding,” or “below expectations” to “role model”) for each trait. The supervisor rates each subordinate by circling or checking the score that best describes the subordinate’s performance for each trait. The assigned values for the traits are then totaled.

Definition (2):

This is a scale that lists several traits and a range of performance for each. The employee is then rated by identifying the score that best describes his or her performance for each trait.

Use of the Term in Sentences:

  • The graphic rating scale standardizes the criteria of comparison.
  • A graphic rating scale may have judgmental errors because the perception of traits or behaviors may differ with judges or supervisors.
  • A supervisor cannot differentiate the average performing subordinates with a graphic rating scale.
  • The graphic rating scale is not suitable for identifying the strengths of subordinates.
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