Unconscious Bias Training

 

Whether or not you realise it, unconscious biases influence your decisions. It doesn’t make you a bad person; just human. The truth is we’re all affected by our unconscious biases every day. We naturally, and necessarily, form ‘mental shortcuts’ throughout our lives, learning from past experience and perceptions in order to quickly analyse and handle situations.

However, if left unexplored and unchallenged, unconscious biases (or mental shortcuts) can cause problems for your personal and professional life, especially if you dismiss them as innate personality traits or historical fact, both of which leave little room for change.

How can unconscious bias affect your business?

In an executive unconscious bias training programme, a CEO of a multi-national company said: ‘my father was educated at Oxford, and there’s no way I would recruit a leader to my business from Cambridge.’ This might have led the CEO to hire a less-suitable candidate simply because they studied at Oxford.

Unconscious bias can not only shape the culture of your organisation, but it can also quickly and easily lead to:

• Fundamentally flawed decision making • Poor-quality recruitment and promotion decisions • Unfair and inconsistent performance management standards • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives being paid lip service • Automatic compliance with authority rather than candid communication • Gender and Race Inequality • Unrealistic optimism which results in failure and disappointment • Many, many more

What you can learn with Unconscious Bias Training?

Unconscious Bias Training with Summit explores the role unconscious biases play in specific workplace situations including: • Recruitment and Selection • Reward & Recognition • Succession Planning • Leadership Team Effectiveness • People Management & Performance Management • HR Policy Development

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