What is Unconscious Bias? Making a First Impression in Seven Seconds or Less

Are issues like these causing stress, conflict, confusion, time and money in the workplace?

  • Emily is 30 years old. This role involves a lot of travel – should she promoted? What if she decides to have children?
  • Manuel has such a strong accent that I’m just not sure if he’s a good cultural fit for our organization?
  • As an ambitious white male I am the minority these days! I can’t check any of the boxes. Will I be passed over for this promotion yet again? I’m ready to quit.
  • Should Morton really lead the charge of the IT department? He just seems ancient to me.

Why this topic?

First impressions, positive or negative, are made in seven seconds or less. We all make quick assessments of others without even realizing it. We are not born with bias. Biases are formed by past situations, experiences, background and culture. Unconscious biases typically exist towards gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (both physical and mental), and weight. Most of us will say “I see people for who they are” but do we? Unconscious biases affect and impact decision making both professionally and personally with real impact. Recognizing, managing and mitigating unconscious bias promotes diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion drives innovation, increases productivity, and stimulates creativity while promoting a healthy, happy, engaging workplace culture.

What Attendees Will Learn

  • The Neuroscience behind Unconscious Bias (“No blame, no shame”)
  • Managing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment, Retention and Employee Engagement
  • Breaking Bias – Strategies for Gender, Maternal, Affinity and Ageism
  • Sesame Street 2.0 – One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong… or does it? How Diversity Drives Innovation, Creativity and Productivity
  • Why Creating a Culture of Inclusion affects Positivity, Profits and Purpose