Eliminate Unconscious Bias Through Action

What it is.

A half-day program focused on the behaviors of individuals and groups to uncover systemic biases and build new, inclusive habits. Includes bystander strategies to successfully and without rancor intervene with colleagues when inclusion is at stake.

Everyone has biases, and these biases shape our point of view and our behaviors. Some biases are conscious: we are aware of them and we may act intentionally to realize them. Others are unconscious: we act without forethought as if on automatic pilot.

Conscious bias has been the target of workforce compliance for decades. Anti-discrimination policies and laws aim to reduce this type of overt discrimination against people, usually regarding certain demographic characteristics such as sex or ethnicity, and certain processes, for example, hiring. Much work remains to be done to remove conscious bias from the workplace.

In recent years the potential to build inclusion in organizations has also come to focus on unconscious bias - the results of individual assumptions made that may not be accurate or useful, but that make their way into our daily practices and behaviors.

Our brains are designed to make countless judgments, and most of those are made automatically without thinking. It's our biology that pushes judgments and decisions into this subconscious realm. When our brain encounters situations or people that are unfamiliar, it quickly tries to pattern match with something in our memory banks, regardless of whether the norm is appropriate or useful. This training is designed to identify what unconscious bias is, how it works, and what can be done about it - including a special training on bystander strategies to successfully and without rancor intervene with colleagues when inclusion is at stake.

Who it's for.

People who want to explore how unconscious bias influences their daily work habits.

How it's delivered.

It's is a half-day program focused on the behaviors of individuals and groups to uncover and re-program bias habits.

The Impact Seat uses its Point of View Video series to illustrate the subtleties of bias and how they affect everyday behaviors.

Our science-based approach.

Increasing awareness about unconscious bias doesn't work to combat bias unless it's tied to building new habits to override the old. Research has shown that without action, unconscious bias awareness is not only unhelpful but can in fact be harmful. People feel validated and become rooted in their biases and less willing to change.

Management science directs us on decision-making, team formation, communication, and other key competencies. In our half-day program, we explore how unconscious bias distorts these important competencies away from an inclusion strategy. An action agenda to counteract unconscious bias is the outcome.

How to begin.

  • Have you explored unconscious bias before by taking an on-line test?
  • Think about how awareness and a response to unconscious bias will complement other diversity and inclusion efforts at your company.
  • Consider, if you have one, whether your unconscious bias plan is rooted in awareness only, or if it includes concrete steps to counter unconscious bias.


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