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Think you’re not biased?

Most people don’t believe they are. Yet events like the blind auditions featured in the video clip below suggest otherwise. 

Clip from How Was Your Day? for preview only; not to be used for training.

The reality is that we’re all biased in one way or another, and we all bring our biases to work.

Left unchecked—these biases can cause many negative consequences, including:

  • Capable job candidates may not be given equal consideration when hiring
  • Some employees may be underestimated and under-utilized
  • The dignity of some people may be undermined
  • The strength of the team/organization most likely won’t reach its potential

Unconscious gender bias is common – and if you’re a woman reading this, don’t think you’re exempt. We all have to work to overcome unconscious bias, whether it’s gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or just about any trait or characteristic.

Creating a truly respectful and inclusive workplace requires that people identify their biases, challenge them and set them aside. (There are many effective training programs available on this topic.) 

From the clip, we can see that when we remove gender from our perception, things change. So…whether you’re an orchestra holding blind auditions for musicians, or you’re a corporate HR executive removing references to gender from resumes before handing them on to the hiring manager – you can be part of helping create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

And this will have a positive impact on everything ─ from the individuals in our workplace to the bottom line of organization.

For training on bias and other diversity and respect related topics, preview our multi-award winning program: 

How Was Your Day? Getting Real About Bias, Inclusion, Harassment and Bullying HWYD_branding small