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I think the one decision making bias that is the one that I struggle with the most would be the projection bias when making decisions. I tend to make decisions based on my own thoughts and what I think will happen in the future in the workplace and also in my personal life as well. I think that the projection bias can be struggling because it doesn’t allow for outside perspective. “Projection bias causes problems in decision making because it limits our ability to develop appropriate criteria for a decision and evaluate decisions carefully. The bias causes people to assume that everyone’s criteria will be just like theirs and that everyone will react to a decision just as they would.” (Colquitt, 2022) When looking at ways to overcome those biases, being able to become a rational thinker when making decisions is key. To become a rational thinker and limit bias, I would need to step back and analyze the situation thoroughly, consider a list of alternatives when it comes to the decisions, evaluate them all simultaneously, use accurate information, and pick the alternative that maximizes the most value. One of the examples in the textbook shows how it can play out in real life and how important it is in the Workplace. “When you and another person are deciding where to go out for dinner tonight, will you sit down and list every restaurant available to you within a certain mile limit? Of course not. You’ll start listing off alternatives, generally starting with the closest and most familiar, until both parties arrive at a restaurant that’s acceptable to them. Making decisions this way is no big deal when it comes to deciding where to go for dinner, because the consequences of a poor decision are minimal. However, many managers make decisions that have critical consequences for their employees and their customers. In those cases, making a decision without thoroughly looking into the alternatives becomes a problem!” (Colquitt, 2022)
Colquitt, J. A., LePine, J. A., & Wesson, M. J. (2022). Organizational Behavior: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (7th ed.). McGraw-Hill.