How to recognise the natural biases that affect us all at work
How to create a more positive approach to difference and so harness the benefits of diversity
What is it?
This 4-hour training course provides an informative and interactive session to help people understand the impact of unconscious bias on their working lives and become more aware, less biased and more inclusive.
Why should you consider it?
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 In terms of gender balance, it is often based on outdated and irrational assumptions about the roles of men and women at work.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.
The WISE approach
We will help you recognise examples of unconscious bias and its effect on your business and give you the tools to become more aware and more inclusive.
We will provide your team with credible research and insights, tips and guidance.
We will facilitate discussion to inform your business planning, so that you leave the workshop with ideas and practical actions points for eliminating bias and so making the best use of the most talented people, male and female.
Topics covered will include:
- An exploration of the concept of unconscious bias
- The legal implications of bias in the workplace
- Understanding our own biases
- The business case for diversity and making difference work.
- Case studies and examples
- Effecting change within our organisations
- Business and individual goal setting.
Participants will be invited to take part in a number of exercises.
Before the session they will be asked to take the online Implicit Association Test and to contribute examples of biases they have noticed in their own everyday lives.
During the workshop, they will take part in guided discussion on various issues related to unconscious bias and several exercises (group and individual) to illustrate key points.
After the session, they will identify their personal action points and aim to achieve them in their workplace.
Additional content, examples and exercises can be used to customise this session. Our trainer will discuss this with you prior to delivery to ensure the best fit for your organisation.
Note: This course can be offered as a shorter(2-hour) awareness session suitable for executive briefings or first stage engagement. An extended full-day version is also available for those likely to go on to train others in unconscious bias or to help develop in-house training programmes. Prices on request.