An investigation of the effects of breaking the bias on employee motivation and productivity in an organization

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For years now, biases have influenced the judgment and decision-making of many organizations. Individuals are notoriously poor at recognizing and controlling their own biases; in fact, the brains of humans are designed to promote fast, efficient information processing (Tyner, 2020). This has resulted in an unsafe working environment and has forced many employees to either resign or lose interest in their work. In most organizations, pay gaps, promotions, recruitment, leadership roles, bonuses, and other benefits are determined by gender, race, origin, colour, age, religion, and others (Kenny & Nnamdi, 2019). With all these things, going on, people still refuse to accept that they are being biased. Bias exists in most of our activities, and it is impossible to perform our duties without some degree of bias in any form. It’s crucial to be aware of the various biases that exist in the workplace and the impact they have on the organization. Although “breaking the bias” was the theme for the 2022 International Women’s Day, this movement started way back in 1917 during World War I, when thousands of women in Russia gathered to underscore the need for global compassion and peace and to condemn the mindless deaths of millions of soldiers in the ongoing war (Mullens, et al., 2013). This was an effort to promote inclusion and diversity at the workplace. Many organizations adopted this mantra, and there has been progress in fighting stereotypes and any other form of bias at the workplace. Employee motivation is also a factor that affects productivity at the workplace. This study focuses on examining the employees’ knowledge of bias, breaking the bias, and how they can influence employee motivation and productivity.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Marketing and Corporate Strategy, School of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management and Consulting)