Unconscious Bias is a way to describe the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. This workshop aims to raise awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can negatively influence workplace interactions.
Did you know that we receive 11 million bits of information every moment? Did you also know that we can only consciously process 40 bits? This means 99.9% of our mental processing happens subconsciously.
Our brain is the perfect tool for quickly filtering through a huge amount of information, while prioritising, categorising and summarising it for us subconsciously.
This served us well for millennia, particularly when it helped protect us from harm when surrounded by wild animals and icebergs.
And, just as a long time ago, in today’s world, we need our brain to filter just as much if not more information for us. Avoiding cars, ordering your lunch, deciding where to sit on train…
Most of what we’re feeling and deciding is driven by unconscious processing and has its place in our lives.
But sometimes it can lead us astray.
In this workshop, we introduce the concept of unconscious bias, explain how it might work against us in the workplace, and give you tools and ideas on how to challenge it.
At the end of the training, you will be able to:
- Explain what unconscious bias is
- Understand how it can negatively influence workplace decisions
- Understand the scientific research on unconscious bias and its influence in the workplace and society
- Commit to taking at least one action to mitigate the influence of unconscious bias