Perceptual Biases



Individuals’perceptions and attributions influence their behavior in anorganization. Perception explains the way individuals filter,organize and interpret sensory data, while attribution explains howindividuals act, explaining how persons react to other people’sactions as well (Nahavandi, Denhardt, Denhardt &amp Aristigueta,2015). Perceptions can have both positive and negative influence onemployees’ behavior depending on whether their perceptions areright or faulty. Stereotyping is one of the most common forms ofperception bias which can negatively influence behavior in anorganization, hence impact decision making. This discussion will lookat how perceptual bias has affected me in the workplace.

Mostpeople perceive new employees as inferior since they are notconversant with the culture of the organization. They tend to believethat one is not able to handle matters without assistance fromveteran employees (Meier&amp O’Toole, 2013).This bias once happened in my workplace just days after I was hired.In my line of work, I was expected to meet clients and discussimportant investment deal with them. However, when the guestsarrived, the manager ordered that I was to be accompanied by acolleague to the meeting to assist in negotiating for the deal.Despite having experience in these matters, the management was notconvinced that I was able to handle such matters on my own, since Iwas only a few weeks in the company.

Thisdecision made me very uncomfortable and dented my confidence with themanagement. I was pressured to prove my skills and abilities bysuccessfully negotiating with the investors. Nevertheless, I was ableto show my competency under the circumstances.

Thisform of perceptual bias greatly affects the actions and decisionmaking process in an organization. New employees are vulnerable toperceptual bias when people think that they are not able to perform.


Meier,K. J., &amp O’Toole, L. J. (2013). Subjective organizationalperformance and measurement error: Common source bias and spuriousrelationships. Journalof Public Administration Research and Theory,23(2),429-456.

Nahavandi,A., Denhardt, R., Denhardt, J., &amp Aristigueta, M. (2015).Organizationalbehavior.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.