Eliminating gender discrimination should be a top priority in your organization. To ensure gender equality is reflected in performance reviews, it’s important to understand and identify where this problem stems from.
Businesses continue to use performance reviews as a way to evaluate and improve an employees’ performance within an organization. However, when gender bias is present these appraisals can be the leading factor reinforcing a company’s glass ceiling. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio conducted a content analysis which found women are 1.4 times more likely to receive critical subjective feedback. This means rather than being evaluated for their skills and abilities, the feedback women receive tends to focus on their personalities. Overcoming gender bias starts with understanding the inherent biases in our existing feedback systems and how this puts women at a disadvantage.
Here are three ways gender bias may be affecting your performance reviews and ways you can address them:
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