Demonstrates the benefits of tackling the effects of unconscious bias to avoid discriminatory acts in the workplace.
“Even the most well-meaning person unwittingly allows unconscious thoughts and feelings to influence seemingly objective decisions”
Mahzarin R, Banaji
There is no gentle way of saying it, so put bluntly, we are all naturally biased. This is because a bias may not be intentional. One way our brains help us is by automating our thinking which is influenced by our background, our personal experiences and our cultural environment. We may be unaware that we automatically categorise people into groups like us and make unconscious judgements about others. However, by becoming aware of the existence of unconscious bias and, something we all find easier, being alert to the unconscious biases of other people, we can lessen their effect. Another term often used in this area is implicit bias which, although often used interchangeably, has a slightly different meaning to unconscious bias as it questions the level to which a bias is unconscious if we are made increasingly aware of it.
We know from the training requests we receive, interest in and awareness of unconscious and implicit bias is growing. This is great news as their impact can not only be personal but also affect many areas of our working lives – recruitment, promotion, team-working and engagement to name but a few. By learning about bias, we can take responsibility, acknowledge our own biases and find ways to minimise their impact on both our decision making and our behaviour.
Even if people do not consciously intend to discriminate against individuals, they nevertheless do so because of a lack of awareness of their own biases. This course will help participants to discover for themselves the invisible barriers raised by their own minds and how they can counteract these natural tendencies.
- What is Unconscious Bias?
- Types of Unconscious Bias
- The Impact of Unconscious Bias on our Micro Behaviours
- Creating the Right Conditions – Case Study
- Ways to Address Unconscious Bias: Asking the Right Questions
- Mitigating Unconscious Bias
Trainer: Dr Karla Benske
Karla is a corporate trainer and coach with 15 years experience during which time she specialised in Widening Participation, Recognition of Prior Learning, Unconscious Bias and Equality & Diversity. She holds certificates in Professional Coaching Practice, in Professional Team Coaching Practice and in Professional Executive Coaching Practice. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and as such adheres to their Code of Ethics.
Delegate feedback after Karla's Unconscious Bias course:
“Really interesting and engaging”
“Brilliant and fascinating”
“Very stimulating and will make me reflect more”
“A good overview - pitched at the right level”
“Very informative and enjoyable - good to identify action items”
“Enlightening and helpful for tomorrow and beyond on a previously 'mystical' topic”
“Interesting topic, easy to take for granted or assume you know your bias! Good to take time out of workday to explore this topic.”
“A very good overview of Unconscious Bias and what we can do to improve ourselves”
“Thought-provoking and well presented/structured”
“Very good introduction to the topic - thought-provoking”
“Really very interesting and it gave me a lot to think about”
For over 20 years In Equilibrium have been delivering cutting edge training and consultancy to organisations throughout the UK. We specialise in practical, evidence-based training aimed at developing resilience, minimising the risk of stress and enhancing well-being in the workplace. Both our in-house and open courses are delivered by experienced trainers who are subject experts within their field and deliver their training with enthusiasm and sensitivity, a combination delegate feedback confirms is appreciated.
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