Posting this in Tech Heads but tbh I'm also interested in any type of workplace. Having managed many teams (and worked with many more) now at this point in my career.... I'd have to say the most common distribution in terms of team productivity is very 80/20, with 80% of the work being done by 20% of the people. I have certainly seen exceptions to this, teams that were so high performing that any shitbags stood out and were fairly quickly removed, but it has been rare. I can recall maybe 3 teams I was either part of or worked closely with, that were 100% solid with equally high performers. I can recall dozens where this was not the case.. out of a team of 5-12ish people, it was always a handful that resulted in most of the productivity. What have your experiences been? I feel like I'm pretty jaded about it... I always felt as a manager you try to keep those top performers happy (and paid) and do your best to keep everyone happy with the situation, and you try to nudge things into more parity... but realistically you'll never move the needle more than 10% short of really lucky hires and getting rid of people who made everyone else miserable.