Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias in the workplace

In Diversity and Inclusion by Mark Stewart

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 a huge number of decisions all day everyday. We cannot hope to analyse all of the information and think too deeply about every decision 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 we are going to find out it is also biased.  

If a bat and a ball cost €11 and the bat is €10 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? 

Our quick thinking brain will tell us that it obviously costs €1, easy. However, when we engage the slower-thinking brain and analyse the question we see that the correct answer must be 50 cent, so that .50 + 10.50 = 11. 

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 Learning suite of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion courses, we have seven compact modules that help the learner understand what unconscious bias is and what we can all do about it. We also cover topics such as Racial Inclusion in the workplace, Disability Inclusion in the workplace, Age Inclusion in the workplace, LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the workplace and Gender Inclusion in the workplace.

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 Equality Diversity and Inclusion courses. We have put together seven modules (20 minutes each) that comprehensively cover EDI while providing you with a new perspective on inclusivity in the workplace.

Feel free to contact us to find out more about the modules that we have, prices and how to purchase the Diversity and Inclusion suite of courses: info@cobblestonelearning.com