Stringency bias

Stringency bias occurs when managers tend to be more stringent or tough while giving feedback as compared to the peers giving the feedback.

Mean reversion or central tendency is a statistical phenomena where extreme data points are balanced.

When giving feedback, a manager can overcome stringency bias by:

  1. considering feedback from the peers about the individual
  2. being self-aware of the stringency factor in giving feedback
  3. calibrating the feedback with skip level manager
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