Unconscious Bias has been getting a lot of press for the last few years – and training in it is now even being made compulsory in governemnts and organisations around the world. Australia has just commisioned a training for all its government employees.
While trying to make the workplace more effective is a great idea, with what we know about unconcious bias – forcing people to attend a training doesn’t work!* It builds resistance and doesn’t get through as effectively as possible.
But for those who are interested, I wrote this article with a colleague about 18 months ago. It is a snapshot of some of the useful work that can be done to reduce the negative impacts of bias.
Have a read and let me know your thoughts?
* July–August 2016 issue (pp.52–60) of Harvard Business Review.