Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Erik Kandel once estimated that 80% to 90% of the mind works unconsciously, meaning that the brains of even the most unbiased people still exhibit this primal tendency. The effects of this unconscious bias are perhaps most felt in the workplace, where, despite organizations increasingly advocating for greater equality and respect for all employees, social categorizations such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and physical disability continue to impact hiring and employee promotions.
Such was the case a few years ago when a study conducted at Yale revealed science faculty members exhibited subtle gender biases favoring male students, creating a glaring disparity between the number of women receiving Ph.D.’s and those hired as junior faculty. Continue reading from Forbes
11 Harmful Types of Unconscious Bias and how to Interrupt Them (Catalyst)
Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism (National Equity Project)
How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams (Harvard Business Review)
When Employees Think the Boss is Unfair, They’re More Likely to Disengage and Leave (Harvard Business Review)
Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re not Addressing Systemic Bias (Forbes)