Understanding bias in the workplace and strategies to combat it

Enrica N. Ruggs, Nicole T. Harrington, Derek Brown, Lauren S. Park, Christopher K. Marshburn, Larry R. Martinez

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Workplace bias is pervasive in organizations aroundthe world, and it can lead to negative consequences for job applicants, employees, and organizations. In this chapter, we discuss two types of bias: (1) overt bias, which is explicit, often intentional, and hostile, and (2) subtle bias, which is more covert and sometimes unintentional. We discuss several factors that contribute to why people hold and express bias. Finally, we outline strategies that individuals and organizations can engage in to reduce the occurrence of bias in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViolence and Abuse in and around Organisations
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351762335
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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