Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

In the UK companies are subject to a legal framework that requires their compliance and holds them to account for their actions, policies and procedures. There are numerous methods that help to eliminate discrimination embedded in many workplace policies and processes.

Whilst policies and procedures support the creation of a more equitable workplace, it’s the way these are applied that can have a disproportionate impact on certain groups of people.

However race, age, gender, sexuality, disability, and culture can still play a part in career progression, through the less well understood mechanism of unconscious bias can play a major role in the behaviours and decisions that people demonstrate at work

Quite simply, unconscious bias means we can make assumptions about other people. These assumptions can sometimes mean we have attitudes and behaviours that impact positively on people who are like us and negatively on people who are different from us.

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