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  • Unconscious bias inhibits fair and objective decision making in performance reviews
  • It’s important for everyone to be aware that unconscious bias exists as we all have ingrained biases that we may not be aware of
  • A key to overcoming unconscious bias involves moving from the individual decision maker to the collective decision making process.

Unless leaders are skilful in recognising and challenging unconscious bias, performance reviews and promotion assessments are often not as objective as we’d like to think.

These days we know a lot more about unconscious bias – the associations and stereotypes we make based on life experiences, cultural norms and the environments we live in. Think of unconscious bias as the automatic shortcuts our brains make to help us make sense of people and situations. Our brains develop these shortcuts to bring some simplicity and ease to the plethora of complex decisions and thoughts we have to process each day.

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