Sample HR Management Paper on Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is a well-known, most common type of bias available today. It is the tendency for a person to try to justify their pre-existing views by searching for information that confirms their views on certain topics. It is usually based on an argumentative side to justify one’s taken on decision.

The main potential impact of confirmation bias; is that it may lead to poor decision-making in the workplace (Kappes et al., 2020). Based on the fact that each person in the workplace may want to be right through supporting their views. Through this concept, the employees or employers may decide to look for views to justify their beliefs due to every member researching to support their own beliefs. This may make them rely on a poor choice due to the bias in decision making based on each trying to support their beliefs. For example, a CEO may want to invest in a certain new product, which he believes is the best for the company. He may ask the workers to conduct market research on the same. But since the workers trust their boss, they may research to support the belief that the product is the best. This may result in poor decision-making.

To overcome the confirmation bias, leaders need to be based on the neutrality of views. This is to say that they should not be in support of any view unless they have fully studied and conducted full research that it’s the best decision to take. Lastly, there should be a debatable method, whereby every company member is allowed to give their views on the topic with supporting evidence. Then the best support is relied on.

 

 

 

References

Kappes, A., Harvey, A. H., Lohrenz, T., Montague, P. R., & Sharot, T. (2020). Confirmation bias in the utilization of others’ opinion strength. Nature Neuroscience23(1), 130-137.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-019-0549-2