BARS is a practical, performance-based approach to gathering feedback about an employee’s competency. BARS use goals that are significant to the organization to evaluate employees and help them improve in areas needed for success. Typically, a BARS instrument contains statements that define excellent performance at each dimension and performance levels representing rated and borderline cases. The proficiency of each employee in a given dimension is evaluated by referring to these definitions.
A BARS can be an effective employee evaluation tool that provides managers and employees with a standardized method for comparing and ranking seven or nine performance levels along any given behavioral dimension. BARS replaces the need to rely on subjective, vague, or ambiguous performance descriptors.