Halo Effect Bias

Assume there is a team member who is extraordinarily punctual to work but is below expectations in the completion of tasks assigned.

Would you rate the employee meets expectations or below expectations?

Halo effect is a type of bias where an overwhelming positive trait of an individual overshadows the other negative traits.

In the above example, a manager can avoid halo effect bias by:

  1. being more aware of such bias
  2. objectively giving developmental feedback on a regular basis preferably as soon as the assigned tasks are completed
  3. tracking the progress on the developmental feedback
  4. promoting peer-learning where other team members help this individual learn
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