Microsoft has killed off an employment ranking system which many believe is the root cause of a lot of Volish problems.
Redmond ran a "stack ranking" system, which forced managers to rank employees on a scale from "top" to "poor." It meant that even if an employee was not that bad, they could be ranked "poor" simply because someone had to be at the bottom and someone else had to be at the top.
The system turned Vole into a nest of backstabbing and conspiring, where tongues had to be so far up the bottoms of management, it was possible to lick a manager's frontal lobe. It also killed off innovation at Microsoft because a good idea had to fit into a boss's plan for global domination.
Sites dedicated to moaning Voles revealed a litany of complaints about the stack-ranking system and complained that Redmond was losing talented people.
Microsoft management had spent the past few years attempting to make the stack-ranking system a gentler one and in the end everyone admitted that the entire system was pants.
Now, according to the Verge , HR head Lisa Brummel has written to staff saying that she was changing Microsoft's performance review programme to better align with its One Microsoft strategy.
Instead there would be more emphasis on teamwork and collaboration. Employees will be looked at in terms of how much they contribute to others' success.
Brummel promised more emphasis on employee growth and development. There will be a generous rewards budget, but there will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution. Managers and leaders will have flexibility to allocate rewards in the manner that best reflects the performance of their teams and individuals, as long as they stay within their compensation budget.