Unconscious biases govern our lives. They’re accidental, unnoticed, and manifest in subtle ways as our brains try to simplify the world around us. And sometimes, these biases can create systemic issues in the workplace.
In a 2017 study titled “Disrupt Bias, Drive Value,” the Center for Talent and Innovation found that employees at large companies who perceive bias are more than four times as likely (33% to 8%) to feel regularly alienated at work. This alienation is costly, as inclusion has transformative effects on the workplace: BetterUp found that workplace belonging is correlated with a 56% increase in job performance and a 50% reduction in turnover risk.
Employees who perceive bias feel less attachment to their company. They are more than twice as likely (75% to 35%) to say they are not proud to work for their company, and more than three times more likely (31% to 10%) to say they’re planning on leaving their jobs within the year.
Unconscious bias is easier to identify when broken down into categories. Here are just a few:
A study by the NeuroLeadership Institute found that people like standard unconscious bias training. Its accomplishments are surface-level: it validates experiences, demonstrates that the company cares about inclusion, and raises awareness about bias. Below the surface, this sort of training has little influence. The changes that do happen are small and short-term.
Why? Because unconscious biases are exactly that — unconscious. We cannot change our behavior without realizing what we’re doing wrong.
But beyond exercising self-awareness, it is important to implement measures that limit your unconscious biases. Focusing on culture, establishing shared goals, and assembling groups with blended backgrounds can help you and your team identify and mitigate biases. Gathering data and candid input from your employees can also be useful.
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