Discovering Unconscious Bias

  • 1 day(s)Duration
  • MDI2009aCourse Code
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Course description

Unconscious bias cannot be completely eliminated, but through an awareness of it and its manifestations, individuals and organizations can change behaviors and modify systems and processes that reinforce and reflect unconscious bias. Effective unconscious bias training will help participants examine how they make decisions, explore how bias shows up in human behavior and especially the workplace, and learn strategies for mitigating. The most effective unconscious bias training will reflect on the types of biases that participants may encounter day to day through recruiting and hiring, team dynamics, team conversations, and career development.

This is a highly interactive workshop. Much of the learning in this program will come from participants’ cross-table conversation, including their questions, examples, or challenges. Post-delivery, managers and other leaders should be equipped to facilitate related conversations, designed to help reinforce what unconscious bias training participants have learned, and to guide the creation of shared operating norms that can help reduce unconscious bias in their organization.

Unconscious bias training by itself is rarely effective in reducing systemic unconscious bias. Instead, the sponsoring organization needs to complement training with additional diversity initiatives in areas such as recruiting, screening, hiring, mentoring, career development and professional growth.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include anyone who wants to:

  • Cultivate a greater awareness of what, exactly unconscious bias is, how it works, and why it matters.
  • Understand how unconscious bias affects one’s choices, behavior, attitudes, and interactions with others.
  • Be more aware of their own unconscious bias.
  • Learn how to create a greater ongoing self-awareness of one’s own unconscious bias.
  • Learn and apply strategies and tactics for reducing unconscious bias and its effects.

What you will achieve

  • Open participants’ eyes about the blind spots we all hold, and gain an understanding of the impact those blind spots can have on others, our decisions, hiring practices, business relationships, and more.
  • Create an awareness of what unconscious bias is and provide examples of how unconscious bias comes into play (and how it’s different from explicit bias).
  • Provide practical strategies for making it harder for implicit biases to operate (for example, giving blind auditions, asking a standard set of interview questions to all candidates, and ensuring that recruitment profiles are not written to attract or exclude certain types of people).
  • Provide time for reflection, discussion, and application to real-life situations.
  • Learn tips, tools, and approaches that can be applied successfully to real-world work lives.

What you will learn

Course Outline
  • Distinctions Between Stereotypes, Explicit Bias, and Unconscious Bias
    • How Each Influences Attitudes, Behaviors, Actions
  • Common Bases for Unconscious Bias
  • Your Own Unconscious Bias
  • Creating a Greater Self-Awareness of Your Unconscious Bias
  • Tools and Tips for Ongoing Learning and Reflection
  • Impact Unconscious Bias Has on Work Life
    • Recruiting, Interviewing, Promoting, Career Development, Mentoring, Workload, etc.
    • Where You Can Play a Direct Role in Reducing Impact of Unconscious Bias
    • Where You Can Work with Leadership to Assess and Reduce Unconscious Bias
  • Next Steps and Action Planning
    • Create Concrete Action Plan to Propose to Senior Leadership
    • Map Out Next Steps, Including Deliverables and Dates
  • Preparation for Post-Class Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
Post-Course Work

Optional Virtual Roundtable Discussions

  • Participants will be invited to participate in at least one virtual roundtable discussion about 2-4 weeks following the workshop to offer reflections on their own unconscious bias at play, share observations of other unconscious bias in action, describe how they have used tips and techniques to reduce unconscious bias and its effects, and report on their progress in taking the steps they committed to during the training session.

Follow-on Coaching

  • Follow-on coaching (one-on-one, small groups, virtual) can be made available.