02/10/2014 03:37 pm ET Updated Apr 12, 2014

Do Your Employees Think You Play Favorites? Three Ways to Tell

As a manager, do you play favorites at work?

Probably not, but the actions you take may leave employees thinking otherwise, according to a recent report by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

After surveying about 17,000 federal employees, the MSPB found that 28 percent believed their own supervisor had engaged in favoritism within the past two years, and 53 percent felt that favoritism had influenced the decisions of other supervisors in their organization. Separately, the 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings found that only 29.4 percent of employees believe promotions in their work unit are based on merit.