Newsletter – December 4, 2019

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Keep bias out of your performance evaluations

Hi friends,

Last time, we talked about how to conduct performance evaluations in eight steps. This week, we’re bringing you an article on how to keep bias out of your performance evaluations.

When done well, performance evaluations serve several valuable functions. For staff, they provide a clear pathway for development and advancement. For managers, they help build alignment with their staff and provide a forum for sharing and receiving feedback. For leaders, performance evaluations, taken as a whole, can provide valuable insight into how well their team and culture is serving to meet their organization’s mission and goals. If used without rigor and care, performance evaluations can create confusion, lead to inequitable outcomes, and lower staff morale.

To avoid these pitfalls of performance evaluations, you’ll need to practice spotting bias. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • “Like me” bias: the tendency to regard people who are similar to us more favorably.
  • “I like you” bias: the tendency to favor people we like. Have you ever considered hiring someone because they’re someone you’d “grab a drink” with? It’s like that.
  • Confirmation bias: the tendency to seek out or interpret information that validates our pre-existing beliefs.

To learn more about the most common ways that bias shows up in performance evaluations, check out our top four tips for mitigating bias in performance evaluations!

Your 2020 Topics & Themes of Interest

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