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4 Strategies For Preserving Objectivity In Your Firm

By: Jenna Hilton

 

Focusing on the True Objectives of Entrepreneurship

A sense of truth is vital for businesses. Though marketing language can often paint a grandiose image of a company, all activities behind the scenes should be anchored to a firm sense of reality.

Still, entrepreneurs can get carried away by constantly viewing their enterprise through rose-tinted glasses. Many parts of the business can stagnate under the heavy weight of bias, from efforts around diverse recruitment strategies to recording company data in honest and transparent ways.

Firms can only evolve if they wake up and smell the roses. There’s always room for improvement, and businesspeople should be comfortable confronting those sides of their operations head-on.

Keep reading for some of the best strategies to help preserve objectivity in your firm.

Enhance HR

Human Resources departments have impartiality as one of their central tenants. Investing more into these resources can promote objectivity in your business. There are many ways to enhance the department. Present a clearer company vision for these workers to facilitate. Long-term communication plans should be refined, and swap out annual appraisals with more regular checkup meetings. HR are also often responsible for recruitment strategies, so ensuring that you’re hitting skill and diversity targets together is advisable.

Some commentators have accused HR of becoming a bureaucratic beast in many workplaces today. Of course, they’d be wrong, but it’s important to dissuade these suspicions internally. Any hint of skepticism in the business can diminish HR’s impact. Employees must have full faith in these offerings, so do everything you can to ensure that’s the case.

Those who decry HR seldom took it seriously to begin with. The more you invest in the department, the more you’ll get out of it. Ensure everything they do is data-driven rather than leading with gut instinct.

Work with Organisational Strategy Experts

A third party can take an unbiased look at your business, identify areas of much-needed change, and advise you accordingly. Decades of experience make these entities worth listening to.

Exploring consultancy services like 1ovmany OKRs (objectives and key results) can help you manage a fresh take on this powerful strategy management system. They can help to instill more autonomy and accountability in your business and provide OKR implementation, coaching, and training support. Talking to an OKR consultant can bring about lasting, objective changes in your company.

Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to highlight personal biases. Suppose your firm is struggling to grow and regularly encountering dead ends. In that case, an OKR consultancy service can help you reshuffle processes in a sustainable, logical fashion and revitalise the company accordingly. Trust that this guidance is becoming more popular, and adopt a learner’s mentality.

Avoid Micromanaging

Business bosses can become overwhelming if they don’t trust their employees. Micromanaging is usually a result of too many personal fears and opinions coming to the surface of superiors. There are many fair, well-reasoned ways to avoid micromanaging workers. They are:

  • Delegating via data – Additional tasks can be assigned to employees based on performance metrics, granting you more faith in the abilities of these workers.
  • Providing clarity around business objectives – Workers that are acutely briefed on their responsibilities are more capable of operating independently.
  • Dismissing perfectionist tendencies – Everyone has a different idea of a ‘perfect’ world, so let go of minor quibbles if the firm’s broader and more important standards are being met.

There are few greater signs of a biased business than incessant micromanagement. Some employees can even be concerned that their superiors have vendettas against them, and it’s easy to see why if the latter is constantly over the former’s shoulder.

Confront Your Potential Bias

Eventually, you may have to confront the elephant in the room; most people have some degree of bias. It’s often the result of years of cultural influences, personal experiences, and social pressures. Being aware of where your own biases might reside is a good idea. Though programmes like unconscious bias training have their share of detractors, getting to grips with the nature and cause of your subconscious views can help you reinstate objectivity in your company. You can do this privately or as part of a wider company exercise if employees are comfortable with these dialogues.

Some people would likely swear that they hold no biased opinions, fearing that they may be judged for stating otherwise. They may also think of themselves as completely open-minded and adopt an image of free-thinking at work. Still, more than playing pretend is required here. The truth about personal bias requires a level of depth and integrity that few people arrive at naturally, and all the ways it manifests in company activities need to be examined.

Anonymous surveys may help you and your employees reveal flawed ways of thinking. You could also revisit what you’ve defined as a ‘culture fit’ for recruitment purposes and whether demands are reasonable and worded well. Are workers contributing in big and small ways to the firm’s success, or is any favouritism taking place? Bias can come and go, too, so continuing it’s recommended to make these investigations a recurring process.

Published: December 7, 2022
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Jenna Hilton is a recent Business and English graduate that has earned her CIPD. She is currently looking to combine both aspects of her degree by focusing on writing about topics that focus on the most important part of any business, its employees.

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