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What It Is: is a cloud-based performance-feedback tool that incorporates social networking and collaboration. It is designed to encourage employees, leaders, teams and organizations to collaborate and help each other improve over time. After completing any work activity, an employee can request a rating from a supervisor, peer, client or customer. Skillrater's feedback is provided in the form of one-to-five ratings on day-to-day activities. Supervisors can identify the skills needed to excel at specific activities, and those skills become the criteria for the numeric ratings. Skillrater can also plug in to complement any integrated talent-management suite, such as Oracle Talent Cloud or SuccessFactors, or can be used as a stand-alone solution. It can also be used to help determine a return-on-investment in leadership-development programs and tracking talent data for various HR developmental and organizational initiatives. Licenses are available for 300 and 1,000 users, with additional blocks of 500 also available for purchase. Prices start at $14.99 per user assessment.

Why We Like It: While its simple functionality and the ability to import LinkedIn profiles into the system were both highly valued by our team of judges, we also liked that Skillrater enables employees to request feedback on their own work. Employees are empowered to take control of their own development and advancement, and your most ambitious employees will want to request ratings often so their good work gets noticed. And, because the business world can often be a cold and unkind place, we especially like how the product easily enables raters to include a positive, reinforcing message into a rating before delivering a critique.

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