Unconscious Bias Training
We all hold preconceived opinions and biases. It is all part of being a human being. Some experts have identified that certain biases are actually innate – i.e. they are hard wired into our system as part of our natural human survival instincts.
Experts have also identified that the majority of our brain processing is performed at a sub conscious level. Put the two factors together and you have unconscious bias.
Before you move on … what decisions has your own brain already made about the man pictured opposite ?
The Effects of Unconscious Bias:
In the workplace, unconscious bias may affect our behaviours towards others in a way that is difficult to overtly identify or describe. So called ‘micro behaviours’. In our decision making, the effects are perhaps easier to recognise – particularly in the medium to longer term. For example, a tendency to promote more males than females, a preference for workers of a certain age profile, assumptions about the capabilities of ‘types’ or groups of people which manifest in the organisation and structures of teams.
The influence/impact of collective unconscious bias in an organisational can affect cultures, profiles of people, perceptions of the organisation and ultimately, commercial decision making.
Unconscious Bias Awareness Training
If our biases are often innate and unconscious, can attending a training event really help ? The answer, of course is yes. By raising levels of knowledge and skills in this area from an unconscious to a conscious level, people are considerably more equipped to challenge their own behaviours and the behaviours of others.
Awareness training also allows people to understand why their own personal experiences (in many cases, very limited life exposure) can indelibly ‘colour their own lens’ for ‘life’. Professional training in this area can therefore make a significant difference to the way people choose to see others.
McKenzie Workshops: (Example Content)
We offer half day awareness workshops, for all levels of employees, which typically examine:
definitions of prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and bias
initial fun exercises to illustrate how quickly we can make our minds up about people and groups of people
how and why prejudices / bias is formed
examples of impact in the workplace
case studies drawn from a variety of UK organisations providing empirical evidence of unconscious bias in recruitment, selection, advancement and corporate / commercial decision making
knowledge and skills for challenging bias in self and others
stereotypes versus facts – some amazing statistics about the UK workforce to reflect upon
personal action / development planning
links to your own specific organisational vision and goals in respect of equality, diversity and inclusion.
post event further reading, resources and signposts
Modern, interactive, fun and practically focused on outcomes. All events are presented by leading industry experts in this area who are employed by us.
Delegates receive electronic copies of all event materials, information and exercises as post event reference material.
Please contact us for an informal discussion about how we could work with you to develop bespoke training options for your organisation.