For your journal this week, you are asked to consider the topic of rater bias. Students and employees sometimes complain that ratings of performance are affected by the relationship between the supervisor and ratee (in positive or negative ways), and data support this complaint. Please answer each of the following questions using the structure below.
- Can you recall and instance of this happening to you or someone you know? If so, please explain. What happened? What type of error do you think was made (e.g., halo, severity, leniency, etc.)
- Do you think this type of bias can be avoided? If so, what can be done?
- Of the methods we discussed in class, which do you think would be the most effective in controlling bias? What are its strengths? Are there any weaknesses?