By Amelia Samuels


360-degree Reviews are transformative tools that offer a multifaceted view of employee performance by gathering feedback from all directions within the organisation. When utilised effectively, these reviews can bolster self-awareness, encourage personal development, and furnish teams and organisations with data to make informed decisions. However, a poorly executed 360-degree Review process can present significant challenges. Understanding these risks and strategising to avoid them is key to leveraging the full benefits of a 360-degree process.

Addressing Participation Resistance in 360-Degree Reviews

The initial hurdle often encountered is resistance. The thought of being evaluated from all angles can be intimidating, leading some to shy away from participating. To combat this, it’s essential to foster an environment that emphasises the importance of the 360-degree review. Through effective change management, organisations can clarify the purpose and underscore its value to both the individual and the company.

Ensuring Psychological Safety

Creating a safe space for honest feedback when implementing any type of review requires a strategic approach. Opt for a feedback methodology that promises the anonymity of peers and direct reports to encourage honest responses without fear of repercussions. Ensure that feedback from managers is not anonymous. It’s important for employees to understand how their leaders perceive their performance directly and make it a priority to communicate how this confidentiality is ensured.

When implementing an internal solution, be transparent about the methods used to secure data and how the findings will be shared. It’s often beneficial to involve an external provider as they are perceived as more neutral, which can significantly boost the staff’s trust and their willingness to engage candidly.

Reach out to Amelia ( ) if you want to know more about the Omnicor 360 review methodology and system.

Cultivating Belief in the Process

Disbelief or scepticism about the validity of the results can also pose a challenge. To enhance credibility, it’s beneficial to involve individuals in the process, such as allowing them to have a say in selecting their reviewers. A skilled feedback facilitator can help navigate moments of doubt, ensuring that the feedback is received constructively.

Creating Actionable Plans Post-Review

Post-review support is crucial. Without actionable plans or resources for personal development post-review, individuals may feel overwhelmed or lost. Providing coaching or individual development plans based on feedback is instrumental in empowering employees to act on insights gained.

Reach out to Colleen McLintock ( for more information about our Executive Team and Individual Coaching programmes.

Preparing the Organisational Culture for Feedback

Lastly, the organisational culture must be conducive to receiving and acting upon feedback. In environments where open and constructive feedback is not the norm, introducing 360-degree reviews can be jarring. Gradually introducing the organisation to simpler feedback mechanisms can help cultivate a culture receptive to feedback. This foundational work paves the way for a smoother transition to more comprehensive systems like 360-degree reviews, making them more readily accepted over time.


While 360-degree reviews can be incredibly beneficial, it’s important for organisations to recognise and address the potential challenges associated with them. For those seeking expert guidance, Omnicor is equipped to assist you in implementing a seamless and effective 360-degree review process. These reviews can be powerful catalysts for development and positive change with the right approach.

What our clients are saying about the Omnicor 360 review approach

“Hearing some negative feedback from the staff made me realise that I need to do more to connect with and understand the people I work with.”

“I absolutely enjoyed that the focus of the session was not only on the development areas that have been identified but also on the areas that he is doing well. I absolutely enjoyed that the feedback was categorised according to managers, colleagues, etc.”

“The way the report was explained and presented, the opportunity to discuss and the way the facilitator managed the conversation all made for a very enjoyable and informative session.”

“I enjoyed the positive and receptive atmosphere created and the quality of the feedback”.


Image by Unsplash: Chris Robert