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How IT Contractors Can Avoid Cognitive Biases

Psychology is fascinating. Despite the uniqueness of all humans, it's interesting to know that we all share similar ways of thinking and can fall into the same traps, all because of human nature. One such trap is cognitive biases which create flaws in logical thinking and lead to making bad decisions.

Independent contractors make a variety of decisions throughout their work. If any of them are made with bias, a technology professional can miss out on new opportunities, harm relationships, or misguide an IT project. For example:

  • If you've heard one negative comment about a recruitment agency, the Anchoring Bias can cause you not to consider working with them, without properly evaluating them yourself.

  • The Blind Spot Bias could cause you to ignore your own downfalls.

  • The Outcome Bias may cause you to give bad advice to a client when deciding which direction to go with a project.

The most effective way to prevent a bias is to understand its existence. To be more aware of 12 common cognitive biases, check out this video from Practical Psychology which explains them in very simple terms.