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Managers fail to see true ethnic ability

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The apparent under-performance of ethnic minority employees is due to theperception of white managers rather than a true indication of their abilities,according to an Institute for Employment Studies report. Co-author of the IES report, Niidjan Tackey, comments, “While somestudies have found real differences in performance, the weight of evidencesuggests many of the observed differences are due to bias on the part of thosemaking performance judgements. In other words, some white managers assess theirminority ethnic subordinates on criteria other than their ability alone.” The report, called The Problem of Minority Performance in Organisations,advises HR departments to try to identify any bias in the performance of ethnicminority employees by examining their selection, recruitment and trainingprocesses. Tackey said, “In most organisations the fault doesn’t lie in thesystems but in their application.” Managers fail to see true ethnic abilityOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more