Can Unconscious Bias Be Tackled Through Training?

The corporate world is hearing a lot about unconscious biases and the negative impacts they can have in the workplace. Research continues to show that all of us hold these biases toward others, but it’s important to understand and work against because they can have a very detrimental effect on the success of businesses.

Exploring Unconscious Biases

Unconscious biases are proving particularly hard for human resources and training managers to address because they’re subconscious. All of us are exposed to a barrage of content that can make us think or feel a particular way about a group of people, without even realizing we hold these feelings or that they’re influencing our behavior.

Just because a person isn’t overtly sexist or racist doesn’t mean they don’t hold certain prejudices, based on research. However, because they are below the level of consciousness, it can be difficult for employers and employees to even recognize them.

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