Unconscious racial bias and allyship training

Challenge racism and support diverse staff

Every member of staff should be supported so they can do their best work and thrive. At the very least, that means every business should ensure their workplaces are anti-racist.

With unconscious racial bias and allyship training from EW Group, protect your staff from harm and further your diversity agenda. Teach staff and leaders why and how to understand privilege and challenge discrimination, create solid peer support networks, start difficult but worthwhile conversations, and make practical and structural changes that benefit everyone.

Allyship training made bespoke to your business

Why should you and your staff be allies?

In today’s multicultural workplace, where one in eight of the working-age population is from a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic background, there is simply no room for racial discrimination. Inclusivity is not only a moral cause, but a legal one: such discrimination is illegal under the Equality Act 2010.

An ally is any person that actively promotes a culture of inclusion through intentional, positive, and conscious efforts that benefit the whole community.

Everyone can be an ally as privilege is intersectional – white women can be allies to people of colour, men can be allies to women, cisgender people can be allies to members of the LGBTQI+ community, able-bodied people can be allies to those with different abilities, economically privileged people can be allies to those who are not, and so forth.

With EW Group’s allyship training, you can combat explicit and unconscious racial bias within your organisation. In doing so, you can make sure all staff are happy and working in an environment that encourages success, unlocking several benefits:

  • Improved retention
  • A larger pool of talent
  • Better customer understanding
  • Greater innovation
  • Improved business performance
US companies with diverse executive boards had a 95% higher return on equity than those lacking diversity
78% of employees value equal workplaces (Randstad, 2018)

Unconscious racial bias and allyship training: what you will learn

Throughout the allyship and unconscious racial bias training sessions you, your leaders, and staff will develop the skills to be a good ally.

  • Understand your privilege and use it for good
  • Identify and learn about the under-represented groups or colleagues that have experienced racial discrimination
  • Develop skills to enable intent listening and build trust, establish the truth, understand the emotional impact, and agree on action
  • Creating a network of capable peer-first responders to provide support in the moment

We do this using Nudge Theory (Thaler & Sunstein), which works by analysing how we think, make decisions, and behave.

With this information, we can then use positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to change how we act. This makes it easier for you to drive change, without having to convince, argue, or ‘sell’ new ways of thinking.

We help people find the “why” and explore what their respective mental blockers might be. If people understand this, it’s a lot easier for them to connect to that stated mission of allyship and make a concerted effort to be supportive or involved.

By the end of the training, leaders and team members will have been taught a whole range of useful skills, including:

  • Communication skills; influencing and holding others to account
  • Understanding and managing perceptions of oneself and others
  • Educating others; changing hearts and minds
  • Understanding the issues, remedies, and how to put words into practice

Learn more in our guide to how to be an ally in the workplace.

Make your organisation an ally to diversity

Learn more about anti-racism and allyship

We have a range of resources available to help you make your business a better place for all staff.

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