An unconscious bias is an unconscious belief or attitude that go beyond our conscious perceptions of ourselves and others. Whether we accept it or not, we tend to like people that look like us, think like us and come from a similar background to our own
While managers and workers may believe that they are unbiased, they may have unspoken beliefs that can permeate a workplace. Statistics from Eurostats dataset shows that in 2017 on average only 33% of managers in Europe are women.
There are many areas of business which are vulnerable to unconscious bias:
- Recruitment and selection
- Performance reviews and appraisals
- Promotions, acting up opportunities and fast-tracking
- Selecting a project team
- Decision making and governance
- Supplier procurement.
Our unconscious bias training courses are engaging, and experiential with many exercises to develop attendees’ ability and confidence to take practical steps to work more inclusively, and so reduce instances of unwanted behaviour.
We introduce a framework that is underpinned by psychoanalysis and neuroscience to practically identify steps that individuals can take to address biases.