24 May 2021
0830 – 12:30
Pre-conference Workshop Getting to Grips with Unconscious Bias
It’s a gross generalisation but we can assume that we all like to think we are unbiased. The reality though is very different. In short, if you have a brain, you are biased, and that bias is unconscious.
So what is Unconscious Bias?
Unconscious bias is one that we are unaware of, and that happens outside of our control. It happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgements (i.e. mental shortcuts) and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. It is also known as hidden or implicit bias.
Unconscious bias plays a key role in the area of diversity and inclusion in business because it impacts many of the decisions we make and the results that we get, without us being consciously aware of its effects.
Our unconscious biases directly affect not only who gets hired, developed and promoted, but also the ability of teams to perform at a high level, the effectiveness of our leaders in decision-making and change, the health of an organisation’s culture and the relationship it has with its stakeholders.
Unconscious bias happens automatically, is outside of our control and is triggered by our brain making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.
‘Getting to Grips with Unconscious Bias’ is a highly interactive, thought-provoking and personally enlightening workshop that explores the world of human evolution, neuroscience and the different approaches being taken to address workplace bias.
Ridding ourselves of unconscious bias is almost impossible, but we can learn to make the unconscious conscious through developing our levels of self-awareness, reflection and opening our minds to explore practical ways to implement systems and processes that can mitigate levels of bias in the workplace and reduce their impact.
The focus is on increasing our understanding of the most prevalent biases that impede our ability to be impartial and objective and on developing practical strategies to deal with bias effectively and actively contribute to workplace diversity and inclusion.
What You Will Learn
- The role of our brain in creating unconscious bias in ourselves and others
- Understanding the origins and influencers of our biases
- A model for recognising and addressing 5 core biases that are at play in the workplace
- Making the unconscious conscious through awareness
- Practical strategies to develop awareness and mitigate our biases
- Facilitated group discussion on managing the most prevalent biases in our workplace
“Every employee should attend this workshop, not just those in HR”
Workshop participant Sunshine Coast Council
Clare Edwards (FIML)