Q: Can you offer some examples of unconscious bias in the workplace and how to become more aware of them?
Greg, from HR
A: Hi Greg, let’s start by explaining what an unconscious bias is. A simpler term for it would be accidental discrimination. We as humans make very quick judgments of people without even realizing it. Our biases are influenced by our background and personal experiences. For example, a woman may believe that men have weaker people skills or are not as empathetic. Men may think that males are better leaders. One of the most common places to see people having an unconscious bias is during a recruitment or hiring phase. A study of science faculties in higher education asked its staff to go through a pile of identical job applications. The only things setting the applications apart from one another was the gender of the name on the application.