About this course
With the value of diversity and inclusion as important as ever, it is vital that employees have an understanding of how unconscious bias can impact on their workplace and the organisation. We all have biases, many of them unconscious. Dealing with these biases starts with making the unconscious conscious.
Legal Island’s Unconscious Bias in the Workplace eLearning course provides comprehensive training for all Northern Ireland-based employees, ensuring awareness of good practice in reducing unconscious bias in the workplace.
What is unconscious bias?
Unconscious bias is a preference for or against a person, thing, or group held at an unconscious level – most people don’t even know they are holding onto it. This can really affect workplaces and organisations and can be a huge problem when trying to be truly diverse.
Why is unconscious bias training important?
Unconscious bias at work can influence decisions in recruitment, promotion, staff development and recognition and can lead to a less diverse workforce. If the workforce doesn’t reflect your customer base or society’s makeup, your organisation will be viewed as backward and biased – it will cost your business. Cases of unconscious bias happen every single day in Northern Ireland workplaces. Where unconscious bias is against a protected social characteristic, it can be discriminatory in law.
Organisations have much to gain from promoting a higher awareness of unconscious bias amongst their staff. The benefits of reducing unconscious bias in the workplace include:
- Better decision making
- Reduced recruitment costs
- Increased staff engagement
- More productive teams
- Increased diversity in the workplace
An EY report in 2013 stated that ‘Having a bias is only human. The only shame is making no effort to improve.’
Who needs unconscious bias training?
Advice from diversity and inclusion experts is that unconscious bias training is completed on day one of employment and then refreshed regularly to ensure all staff are aware of the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace and understand the different types of unconscious bias that exist.
The standard misconception is that unconscious bias awareness training is only required for those working in recruitment and selection. This is not the case, the benefit of making all staff aware of what biases they might have can be a great tool to use to prevent a claim of discrimination or harassment in an organisation.
How long does this Unconscious Bias training take?
The course will take no longer than 60 minutes to complete including an assessment. Each member of staff will receive their own personalised certificate upon successful completion.
Topics covered within the course include:
What is unconscious bias
The different types of unconscious bias
The impact of unconscious bias
Avoiding unconscious bias in the workplace
How to recognise your unconscious bias
How to reduce your unconscious bias