How to Counter Unconscious Bias

There’s a lot of talk about how unconscious bias affects who gets hired and promoted in organizations. There’s also a growing number of strategies to tackle this issue. For example, companies are assessing job descriptions for gender bias, removing names and demographic information from CVs, and rolling out diversity and unconscious bias training for leaders. These are all positive steps but can give the impression that it’s only HR and hiring managers who need to address their unconscious bias. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s talk about unconscious bias and why everyone, regardless of role, needs to dive into their hidden minds and learn to tackle their bias.

What is unconscious bias?

Unconscious bias happens automatically and occurs when our brains makes quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realizing it. Often described as “mental shortcuts,” our unconscious bias is influenced by our background, cultural environment, and our personal experiences.

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