Are You as Ethical as You Think You Are?

Most of us aren't as ethical as we think we are, owing to unconscious biases that influence our decisions. For example, implicit prejudice can cause a manager to hire a disproportionate number of people of her own race or gender. To make more ethical decisions, root out such biases.

One way to do this is to expose your own implicit prejudices through online assessment tools designed for this purpose. If you discover gender or racial biases, examine your hiring and promotion decisions in that new light. Also, when you're considering adding a new person to your team, have other members of the team estimate his or her potential contributions.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "How (Un)ethical Are You?," by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Max H. Bazerman, and Dolly Chugh.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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