Unconscious bias affects our decision-making, our relationships and consequently who we provide opportunities to in the workplace. These biases have been proven to lead to less diverse and more limited teams and worse hiring decisions.
Recent research in fields including neuroscience and behavioural economics, confirms that we all have built-in unconscious biases, which we use every day to help us negotiate the complexities of life. Faced with so much information, our brains are hardwired to make shortcuts to ‘categorise’ people and make judgments about them.
Being aware of your ‘blind spots’ and how they affect your interactions is an essential first step toward advancing truly inclusive management and leadership and sustainable corporate culture change. When these are coupled with other strategies like changing hiring processes and setting clear goals for diversity, a business can reap the benefits of building more diverse and inclusive teams.
The business benefits are compelling; firms that offer an inclusive environment for a diverse mix of employees stand to innovate, grow and outperform the competition. Additionally diversity is a key focus for the future workforce as it’s a major consideration for Millennials’ career decision-making.
Training in unconscious bias helps organisations understand why they’ve been unable to ‘move the dial’ in relation to promoting diversity and inclusion. By acknowledging and understanding our own biases can we find ways to reduce its effect and introduce techniques to overcome bias in our organisations.
Our Unconscious Bias workshop has been designed to support you as you build a more diverse and inclusive workplace and to help you understand the business case for diversity. Inclusive leadership is critical to supporting all talent to flourish and progress within the business, and the workshop will discuss what inclusive behaviours look like.
The aim of this workshop is to create a safe environment in which to make the unconscious conscious, to explore the concept of unconscious bias and encourage you to look at where your own biases lie. This enables participants to predict and overcome the biases which are not in your organisation’s best interests, are in breach of equalities legislation and/or perpetuate trends with which we, as a society, disagree.
Our Workshops are delivered by one or two facilitators (depending on your needs) and are split into 3 parts;
- PART 1 – sets the context, explores the “third paradigm” of diversity & inclusivity (D&I) – namely that we are all the same, with our differences, not in spite of them. It takes participants into a new phase of dealing with D&I in the workplace, characterised by a deep understanding of how D&I is business critical.
- PART 2 – recognising our own bias. We all hold unconscious biases – to stereotype is to be human. We introduce participants to the concept of unconscious bias and then we all take the Harvard implicit bias test. This skilfully debriefing to avoid any shame or guilt, instead emphasising how we all have a bias.
- PART 3 – taking what we have learnt about the business and ourselves and making it actionable. We work together to solve problems and design behavioural change that will make a difference in your organisation, ensuring everyone takes action to move the dial. This session will be designed so that it also includes details on any D&I initiatives happening at your organisation.
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
- Be able to articulate the business case for diversity and inclusivity, and the difference between diversity and inclusivity.
- Hold an increased understanding of their own internal biases and how this might influence their decision-making.
- Have clarity on what inclusive behaviours look like and how it is everyone’s responsibility to ‘lead’ in this area.