When doing employee evaluations, there is a tendency to evaluate based on one trait, either positive or negative rather than looking objectively at multiple performance areas. This is called the “ horns or halo” bias and it’s important to be aware of it when doing evaluations.
As I sit down to review 2010, I’m especially aware of this bias because the last 24 hours or so have been less than great.
There is a crazy blizzard raging outside, the roads are closed and my husband couldn’t make it home for the long weekend. I’ve spent many hours tackling a drift in my driveway that is over my head – and I’m 5’6”. Round two of the blizzard is starting and those hours of work are being blown in by snow. My dishwasher flooded my kitchen and dripped down into the basement through the light fixtures. I’ve had to shut off the water in the kitchen because the water just will not stop running. I need a plumber.
But these last few hours of 2010 do not put horns on the year. This year has really been awesome. One of the best years ever. Really. In so many ways this year feels like a reward and I know how blessed I am.
Happy New Year! May your 2011 be blessed.