Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Dr. Patti Ippoliti, Rutgers Business School
Ask anyone if they have biases and most of their responses will be “no”. Most people want to think of themselves as open-minded, inclusive and forward-looking thinkers who are naturally politically correct. But we all have biases: some are culturally seeded, some are based on fear of the unknown or bad experiences, while others are so subtle that we are not even consciously aware of them. The latter has become known as "Unconscious Bias," that is, unconscious thoughts or feelings that play a strong part in influencing our judgments of certain people and groups.
Our biases affect us and our decision-making processes in a number of ways including: our perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, attention to and listening skills with different people. Today's population and workforce is the most diverse in history. By identifying, understanding and managing our biases, we can enjoy the richness and value that today's diversity can bring to our lives.
This workshop will help you: