Of course you do. We all do. And that’s the problem.
Unconscious bias – an implicit preference for certain groups – is pervasive in life, and by extension, the workplace. It can influence workplace decisions, without anyone realizing it. (Duh, that’s why it’s called unconscious…)
But these decisions may harm the workplace. So this bias needs to be brought into the conscious and addressed.
Everyone unwittingly favors certain types of people based on their upbringing, experience and values because human beings need bias to survive, diversity experts say.
Diversity trainers liken this bias to a “blind spot”, and say it’s not something to be ashamed of. Instead, workers shoudl take a moment to stop and think about decisions they’re making before they complete them, to see if they’re influenced by the unconscious bias.
But a training session on it’s own isn’t enough to make much of a difference in a workplace. It needs to be coupled with tactics as joint interviews of applicants and requirements that candidate slates include diverse prospects tend to see faster improvement.