Unconscious Bias Training

Unconscious Bias Training

WISE Unconscious Bias Training aims to make participants more aware of how their own biases might affect recruitment or business interactions.

It also encourages staff to ensure their interactions with colleagues are more inclusive. The training provides evidence-based research and insights, tips, and guidance. Facilitated discussions are used to encourage and to inform business planning, to enable participants to leave with ideas and offer practical action points for eliminating bias.

Topics covered

  • An exploration of the concept of unconscious bias
  • The legal implications of bias in the workplace
  • Understanding our own biases
  • Case studies and examples
  • Effecting change within our organisations
  • Business and individual goal setting

Unconscious or unintentional bias is widespread in the workplace and usually unrecognised. In terms of gender balance, it is often based on outdated and irrational assumptions about the roles of men and women at work. It may manifest itself in language, behaviour and decisions that inhibit the recruitment and progression of skilled women. It usually means businesses are not acting in their own best interests by failing to make the most of all available talent.

Everyone has unconscious bias. Neuroscientists believe that up to 99% of the decisions we make and the actions we take are outside of our conscious awareness. While these mental shortcuts help staff make decisions quickly and with little effort, they can have unintended consequences, including irrational thinking and faulty decision making. When people are involved, bias can result in stereotyping, prejudice, a lack of diversity and a multitude of problems at work.

Learning Objectives

  • An appreciation of the importance of understanding how unconscious bias works
  • Recognise and address assumptions and any hidden biases
  • Think critically and consciously when making decisions
  • Be aware of the dangers of prejudice and stereotyping other people
  • Have an action plan for how to implement their learning so it’s sustainable

Delivery

Training can be delivered face-to-face or online. It is interactive and asks participants to share experiences, talk through scenarios and contribute to discussions. In a 4 hour (half-day online workshop) we recommend a maximum of 10-12 people to allow for this interaction to take place.

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