Hiring on ‘merit’ perpetuates biases and penalises women seeking senior roles says @CEWAus.
Hiring on merit is great in theory, but a number of ingrained (and often subsconscious) biases creates a ‘merit trap’ that makes it harder for talented women to secure senior roles.
Yesterday Chief Executive Women and The Male Champions of Change co-released the report In the Eyes of the Beholder: Avoiding the Merit Trap, which explicitly addresses this dynamic. It has been signed by 21 of Australia’s leading business figures, including Ian Narev, Alan Joyce, Elizabeth Broderick AO, Shayne Elliott and Andrew Penn.
- Affinity bias is a tendency to favour people who are like us, resulting in homogenous teams and group think
- Confirmation bias happens when we seek to confirm our beliefs, preferences or judgements, ignoring contradictory evidence
- Halo effect occurs when we like someone and therefore are biased to think everything about that person is good
- Social and group think bias is the propensity to agree with the majority or someone more senior to us to maintain harmony”