Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias affects us all

Today discrimination is no longer acceptable and in many cases is unlawful. As a consequence, we find ourselves concealing our prejudices to the point where we are often not consciously aware of them ourselves. Yet our unconscious biases influence the decisions we make every day.

Overview

Developing an understanding of how to recognise and manage our unconscious biases is essential for creating fair, inclusive and discrimination-free workplaces and communities.

Unconscious bias is not only related to race and gender. Prejudices exist about relation to age, religion, sexuality,parental status and people who appear different from the majority.

This half day workshop draws on empirical evidence to take participants on a journey of realisation. It is designed to raise awareness of bias from the unconscious to the conscious level and provide methods for positively managing prejudices for improved decision making.

What does the course cover?

Content includes:

  • what unconscious bias is and where it come from
  • how unconscious bias affects decision making
  • methods to identify and counteract unconscious bias.

Who should attend?

This course is recommended for anyone wants to better understand their own biases and how they affect day-to-day decision making. It is particularly beneficial for HR professionals, middle and senior managers who are responsible for decision making in the areas of recruitment, policy and process development, people management and organizational culture.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • understand the meaning of unconscious bias and the psychological basis for it
  • identify their own unconscious biases and the underpinning drivers
  • identify bias in decision making processes and make necessary changes
  • take practical steps to reduce the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace.