Unconscious Bias for Managers

Specialists in unconscious bias and diversity e-learning

An extension of our all-staff course, our unconscious bias e-learning for managers will guide your learners through a series of performance management and decision-making moments that are prone to bias.

We believe that for an unconscious bias programme to be effective, it needs to be carefully tailored to your organisation. We use acted video content to show typical workplace scenarios in which unconscious bias might appear. Our unconscious bias e-learning for managers is an online solution, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be bespoke to your business.

According to one 2016 survey by Harvey Nash and Engage, 63% of BME leaders believe that unconscious bias in boards and CEOs is hindering diverse staff from progressing to senior levels. (In the FTSE 100 alone, senior management teams are 74% male and 95% white.)

Another survey by the Corporate Leadership Council showed that 83% of HR executives did not think their organisation was able to effectively recruit diverse talent.

Course overview

Our design is built around real-life scenarios. We’ll make your managers aware that unconscious bias exists in all of us, and then focus on the steps they can be practically taken to overcome it. We’ll collaborate with you to design an unconscious bias package that really resonates with your managers.

Components in your unconscious bias e-learning course may include (non-exhaustive list):

  • Definitions and key concepts for managers
  • Considering the legal context of unconscious bias
  • How unconscious bias affects your decision making and problem solving
  • How unconscious bias impacts on your organisational culture
  • Managing cultural conflict at work
  • Skills, tools and techniques to overcome unconscious bias in talent management
  • Facilitated reflection
  • Strategic action planning to address unconscious bias
  • The psychology and science of unconscious bias, and the latest research on the subject.
"The EW Group provided a first class service to the trust. Feedback from course participants for their delivery of unconscious bias training to trust managers was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, I’ve never seen such positive feedback for an equality and diversity-related course before."Swarnjit Singh, Board Secretary at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
85% of the world’s CEOs say a clear diversity and inclusion strategy leads to increased performance
Culturally intelligent leaders are 3.5 times more likely to get the full potential out of their staff

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What are the effects of unconscious bias?

In the workplace, the effects of not addressing unconscious bias can range from:

 

What is unconscious bias in performance management?

Life experiences – whether positive, negative or neutral – heavily influence how we view and evaluate others. Our actions are directly informed by these experiences, which can lead to unconsciously biased decision-making.

An unconscious bias is an association or assumption held by an individual which affects their attitudes and behaviours. Also known as implicit stereotypes, these biases are often displayed subtly and without premeditation or intention: through body language, mannerisms and conversation.

Areas that are especially vulnerable to unconscious bias in management include:

 

What can I do as a manager to address unconscious bias?

Our unconscious bias e-learning for managers focuses on what can be done given that we all have biases. In practical terms this will mean building your managers’ individual awareness of unconscious bias, and their understanding of its impact at work. We’ll also prime them with a series of practical tools, strategies and frameworks they can apply immediately to their management roles.

Check out our Introduction to Unconscious Bias on Demand module – Get instant access here

Unconscious Bias E-learning for Managers

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