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.’
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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.
What does this course cover?
This course was specifically designed by L&D experts at Legal Island for organisations based in Northern Ireland to reflect realistic scenarios you might face in the NI workplace.
Topics covered within the course include:
- What unconscious bias is and how can it impact the workplace
- The different types of unconscious bias that exist
- Good practice in avoiding unconscious bias in the workplace
This online course is regularly updated and has been developed using real-life scenarios. The course includes an assessment at the end (with a minimum pass score of 80%), ensuring all staff are aware of their possible biases and those of others around them. Recognising bias is the first step in rectifying it.
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.