Unconscious Bias: What is it and Can you Learn to Avoid it?

When in the workplace ask yourself the following questions;

Do you only socialise with people who share similar characteristics to you?Have you ever placed more value on someone’s opinion because you are familiar with where they grew up?Have you decided not to hire an individual because you do not feel the way they look matches the role?

These are all examples of unconscious bias.  Decisions and actions have the potential to be swayed by the preconceptions we hold.  How can we try to ensure that those preconceptions don’t mean we add prejudice and stereotyping to daily decision making at work? 

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