Defining Unconscious (or Implicit) Bias
Unconscious: ŭn•kŏn•shəs, adj., not available to or observable by the conscious mind.diversity in the workplace3
Bias: bīəs, noun, prejudice in favor of or against a person, group or thing.
Ask anyone if they’re prejudiced and their response will be “no” – they’re forward thinkers without bias. But we all have biases: some based on fear of the unknown, some on traumatizing experiences, others are culturally ingrained, yet others are so subtle we don’t know they exist.
An example of unconscious bias: two resumes cross your desk; the candidates are equally qualified. Do you gravitate toward the one with the more easily pronounceable name, the one that graduated from your Alma Mater, or the one whose gender is the same as yours? These are the types of subtle examples of workplace bias outlined in the Uncovering Unconscious Bias cultural diversity training module.
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High quality diversity programs are more important than ever as the landscape for employers continues to evolve to include a more diverse talent pool than ever before. Companies are experiencing greater regulatory pressure to analyze and expand their lawful hiring practices.
Robust diversity programs that include training on unconscious bias can help your staff understand how pervasive bias is in today’s workforce. Our cultural diversity training provides eye-opening studies and statistics about the prevalence of unconscious bias and its damaging effects. Our diversity course explores the differences between impact and intent, and examines how supervisors may unknowingly expose their company to risk.
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