May 01, 2011

Biased in internal decision making process to select employees for promotion?? (RDM)

Personal liking can be a very important factor in promotion of staff.. this biasness cannot be overlooked or ignored. The most perfect decisions, to my experience, are also affected by this problem…

How to overcome this problem? I think all the data and the performance reports of an employee should be sent to a third party to judge the person and select those people who are just on merit… however, this can also cause some problems as the third person doesn’t know the behavior and other personal qualities of the person.

Biasness can also be removed when the decision for promotion is being reviewed by many other people working around the employee. All the data should be reviewed and analyzed in order to make a robust decision.

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  1. Yes, I think one problem that you can face in letting a third party evaluate employees is that he would be completely oblivious of the perfomance of the employees. More so, I don’t like the idea of bringing in an exteral party. I personally would want someone known to me should evaluate me cause over the years he would know exactly the sort of person I am. There are often apsects and characterisitcs of a person that cannot be measured and fairly evaluted, however, the person who knows me would be aware of these aspects where as a thirs party wouldn’t take this into consideration.
    But ofcourse, bias can never be completely eliminated

    02 May 2011, 10:35

  2. thats what i mean.. biasness can never be eliminated

    02 May 2011, 22:18

  3. I think that’s why leadership comes in to reduce this bias. Good leaders should not take the the likeness in performance appraisal or promotion. Also, the review by many people, or 360 degrees of feedback, could be a great way to reflect the trueness and minimise bias.

    03 May 2011, 00:02

  4. exactly, but what i think is the biasness can not be completely eliminated… even the leaders can sometimes make a biased selection of employees and workers..

    03 May 2011, 05:20

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