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.
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 In terms of gender balance, it is often based on outdated and irrational assumptions about the roles of men and women at work.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.
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.