First off you need to think about unconscious bias being just like mental shortcuts. Without a certain amount of these mental shortcuts we would never get anything done.
We process huge amounts of information all of the time and have to make g a huge number of decisions all day everyday. We cannot hope to analyse all of the information and think too deeply about every decisions we need to make.
So, we allow our unconscious mind to make quick calls on things all of the time and only use our slower analytical part of our brain when we make a conscious effort to do so.
Our unconscious mind uses instinct and not analysis
Our unconscious mind is fallible and is we are going to find out it is also biased.
Here is another quick riddle to think about:
A woman went to visit her bank manager and she took her daughter with her. The bank manager said the woman’s daughter could stay with his personal assistant during the meeting.
When the woman and her daughter left, the personal assistant turned to another assistant and said to her, “That little girl was my daughter.”
How is this possible?
It is amazing the responses that participants came up with, from surrogacy and same sex marriage to utter confusion.
Not many people came up with the statistically most likely answer.
The personal assistant was of course the girl’s father.
In the Cobblestone suite of Diversity and Inclusion we have two compact modules that help the learner understand what unconscious bias is and what wee can all do about it.
We do not shy away from asking how unconsciously biased you are, how it impacts your workplace and the good scientific reasons behind the bias.
If this sounds like it could be for you and your colleagues, you can now register for our suite of Diversity and Inclusion courses. We have put together five compact modules (10 minutes each) that provide you with a new perspective on Diversity and Inclusion in the Irish workplace.
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