What does this mean for the workplace? Although we may want to be fair and objective, at times this may not be enough. Confirmation bias can prevent us from gathering information that provides a balanced view and stops us from being objective. There are actions we can take to help reduce the likelihood of this happening. Once we are aware of confirmation bias we can learn to ask questions to challenge our objectivity or limited reasoning. It can help to have people around us who are prepared to question and put forward an alternative viewpoint, however we need to be open to disagreement. A great strategy to help overcome the natural inclination to look for evidence that supports our beliefs is to ‘consider the opposite’. This may sound simple but is an effective method of overcoming our limited reasoning. So the next time you find evidence to support your beliefs, find someone who is willing to point out the alternatives, or ask yourself to ‘consider the opposite’. And be prepared to listen!
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