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Implicit Biases in the Workplace

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Workplace biases can lead to harmful conditions in a company, interfering with healthy employee conditions and, therefore, the profitability of the business.

Implicit Biases in the Workplace

Implicit bias is an unconscious thought process that impacts judgments, decisions, and behaviors without conscious awareness. Also known as unconscious bias, it occurs when a person is not aware that it's happening. This includes formulating opinions on people based on demographics such as race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, and more. When an implicit bias is at play, we can doubt the skills and abilities of the talent inside our company, unintentionally causing negative repercussions and harm.


Interestingly, only 5 percent of our brains are consciously accessible. This means that most of our brain's activity takes place on an unconscious level, making implicit biases hard to identify. Most people are not trying to hide their prejudices; they are just unaware that they exist. An overwhelming majority of people believe they are free of judgment; however, research has found that almost all of us exhibit implicit bias on some level.


According to research, implicit bias in the workplace makes it difficult to attract and keep a diverse workforce which can cause frustration and poor experiences for everyone involved. The good news is that you can make your implicit biases explicit through implicit bias training. Through new skills development, you can make what was previously unconscious, conscious, creating safer workplaces where all people experience belonging.


Implicit Biases in the Workplace Training


Workplace Peace Institute’s “Making Implicit Biases Explicit” online leadership training course offers the knowledge and skills necessary to become aware of our biases so we can choose our behavior consciously and become a more inclusive leaders.


In this leadership online training course, participants will …

  • Learn the definition of implicit bias, how it operates, and where it comes from

  • Understand the real-world impact of implicit biases

  • Learn different forms of unconscious bias and how they can function as a barrier to success and values alignment

  • Recognize unconscious bias in oneself and others, and take steps to increase self-awareness

  • Develop self-discipline and a commitment to continuous learning around identifying personal bias (implicit or explicit)

  • Learn strategies to effectively identify implicit bias and utilize frameworks for change in order to overcome institutional biases


Implicit Biases in the Workplace

Enroll in “Making Implicit Biases Explicit” so you can challenge implicit bias in the workplace, and create a more inclusive and psychologically safe culture for your colleagues.



Implicit Biases in the Workplace

 

Workplace Peace Institute Leadership Academy exists to support leaders in honoring basic human needs and dignity needs in the workplace, so they can actualize human potential in the workplace. The online Leadership Academy optimizes competencies in human behavior, communication skills, conflict resolution, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging to create highly engaged workplaces where basic human needs and dignity are consistently honored. All our courses are offered online and can be customized for in-person workshops and seminars.


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