3 types of unconscious bias that may be hindering your company’s growth
Unconscious bias can get in the way of creating truly inclusive workplaces that engage and retain top talent.
But how can you tell?
Whether we know it or not, our wrongful presumptions about others can affect crucial aspects of our work lives, from the people we hire to how fast some employees develop over others.
To avoid unconscious bias getting in the way of your decision-making, raising awareness is the first step.
These are the 3 most common biases within the workplace:
Also known as ‘Like-likes-Like’, this refers to our natural tendency to choose candidates or employees with whom we share similarities—be that skin colour, nationality, or a shared alma mater.
It’s human nature to favour those who are similar to us. However, this can cloud our judgement and influence us to make decisions that aren’t actually best for our company.
Here’s an example: Affinity bias could mean choosing someone because you share a common interest or hobby, or because they remind you of a ‘younger version’ of yourself.
Numbers talk. Women still lag behind men in the workplace in various aspects, from wages to occupancy of leadership positions.
This gap may be rooted in the idea that women are less efficient or competent than men, or due to the assumption that they will eventually require maternity leave.
Be conscious about giving the women in your company more room to share their ideas, and see to it that their ideas are just as valued and implemented.
Top tip: Practise active and deep listening: ask your female team members about their experiences at work to help you spot any blind spots you may have.
Ageism can take many forms. For example, ageism can cause the perception that older candidates are less productive —or, conversely, that younger employees are less ‘hardworking’ or more entitled.
Remembering that each person’s unique experiences, skills and characteristics can be a gift (not a disadvantage!) when leveraged appropriately will help you create a more innovative and colourful work environment.
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