The Messy Middle of Management & Our Unconscious Bias
Tools: Web + Web + App
What You Can DoWe tend to think that our rational mind is in control but really 90% of our decisions stem from our unconscious. This is the deepest recess of our mind where learned behavior and autopilot responses are developed unbeknownst to our conscious mind.
We all hold natural biases. It’s a part of human nature. In the workplace, our unconscious bias' can mean that we can sometimes behave towards a person in a certain way that is based on a bias.
Take a look at these 3 valuable resources
The Unconscious Bias Workbook
A workbook to understand how unconscious bias works
The discussions, exercises and background information will give you a comprehensive understanding of the natural pitfalls we face when it comes to bias and how to overcome them and guarantees to give you a more inclusive perspective.
You can use this study guide alone or with a group.
Take the IAT Unconscious Bias test.
As you review the Cook Ross study guide, don't forget to take the Unconscious Bias test and see how you personally rank and find out what areas are you most susceptible to bias. See your results immediately and supporting research around your specific bias'.
Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is the most important step in deconstructing unhealthy prejudices.
Remember people don't always say what is on their mind. However, the difference between being unwilling and unable is the difference between purposely hiding something from someone and unknowingly hiding something from yourself. Wouldn't you like to know?
The Blendoor App
A blind-recruiting app based on merit not molds.
The final step is to support and share with your friends unconscious bias technology!
Check out apps like Blendoor which aim to remove discrimination tactics in the hiring process. Applicants can upload their resume via LinkedIn and Blendoor takes care of matching applicants to companies and blindly submitting their credentials for review.
Do you have friends in tech or other known biased industries? Share. The more people know and share, the more this technology can help equalize the playing field.