We'll simplify the process of creating a bell curve chart for employees, a powerful tool for visualizing performance distribution. Let’s understand the essential calculations that form the backbone of the bell curve—mean, standard deviation, and normal distribution.

Let’s create a bell curve chart for the following data.

Employee |
Overall Score |

Richard | 4.5 |

Sam | 3.3 |

John | 2.8 |

Leo | 4.6 |

Royce | 4.3 |

**Step-1**: Calculate the Mean for all the values in the overall score column.

Mean = 3.9

**Step-2**: Calculate the standard deviation for all the values in the overall score column.

Standard deviation = STDEV.P(overall_score)

Standard Deviation = 0.71

**Step-3**: Based on the mean and standard deviation values, we have to define the distribution range.

Distribution Range |
Data |

(Mean-(3*S.D)) | 1.7450058 |

(Mean-(2*S.D)) | 2.4633372 |

(Mean-(1*S.D)) | 3.1816686 |

Mean | 3.9 |

(Mean+(1*S.D)) | 4.6183314 |

(Mean+(2*S.D)) | 5.336628 |

(Mean+(3*S.D)) | 6.0529942 |

**Step-4**: Calculate the normal distribution for each value in the range.

Function in Google Sheet: Value =NORM.DIST(Distribution range, Mean, Standard_deviation,FALSE)

Range |
Normal Distribution |

1.7 | 0.006169643166 |

2.5 | 0.07516164061 |

3.2 | 0.3368511032 |

3.9 | 0.5553735789 |

4.6 | 0.3368511032 |

5.3 | 0.07516164061 |

6.1 | 0.006169643166 |

**Step-5**: Construct a bell-curve chart based on the values in the range and normal distribution.

You’ll be equipped with the performance bell chart on ThriveSparrow’s performance reports.

FAQs

- What will happen if all the employees are scored equally?

The bell curve will not be shown as the standard deviation becomes zero.

- What will happen if only one subject has taken the assessment?

The bell curve is constructed based on comparing the values so more than one subject has to be part of the assessment to visualize the chart.

- Why does the x-axis on the bell curve show values less/more than the rating scale?

As mentioned above, the x-axis on the bell curve is plotted based on the standard deviation values, so the values could be more or less than the rating scale.

- What is the score distribution section?

Score distribution shows the number of employees whose scores are present in the given range of values.

5. Sometimes, the distribution is above or below the rating scale; does that mean the employees have scored more than the rating scale?

No, we’re just showing the number of employees who fall within the given range, and they will not have a score above or below the rating scale.

Should you need any help, don't hesitate to contact our support team. Happy thriving!

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