Bias is the tendency to allow individual differences such as age, race, and sex to affect the appraisal ratings employees receive.

The number of things that can lead to bias during appraisals is limitless. One study focused on the rater’s personality. Raters who scored higher on “conscientiousness” tended to give their peers lower ratings they were stricter, in other words; those scoring higher on “agreeableness” gave higher ratings- they were more lenient.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Bias
- Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
- Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
2. Bias
- In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.
3. Bias
- A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.
- A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.
- A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
- A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.
4. Bias
- To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
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