Your background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can have an impact on your decisions and actions without you realising. Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising. Our biases are influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. We may not even be aware of these views and opinions, or be aware of their full impact and implications.
Unconscious bias in the workplace can have a significant impact on recruitment, delegation of tasks / projects, during performance reviews and when selecting employees for development and progression. If employees start to suspect that is the case, or are just suffering the consequences of your unwitting discrimination, it can lead to mistrust, lowered morale and an increased likelihood of good people leaving the business.
Therefore, it is important that managers and leaders are aware of the impact discrimination has within the workplace and strive to lead a culture of inclusion and equality. Maguire Training can provide more information on this subject in the following programme:
Managing Equality in the Workplace
Diversity across a workforce / team can have many benefits to how we operate including increased adaptability, greater innovation, high levels of customer service.