Bias in Performance Management Review Process: Creating an Inclusive Talent Pipeline by Understanding Our Filters

By Leslie Traub, Principal Consultant 

A traditional annual performance appraisal is the funnel through which employee talent is rewarded or penalized. Through this process, companies and organizations have the opportunity to increase the strength and diversity of their talent pipelines, and ensure success by promoting the strongest employees.

This article explains the four domains of bias in performance management: rater bias, self-rater bias, structural bias, and calibration bias. We explore how each bias manifests daily in the workplace, how each bias affects performance management, and how we can mitigate these biases. By addressing and managing biases, organizations can provide equal growth opportunities for persons of all groups and ensure a robust team of employees necessary for success.

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