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Special D&I Report
GOODBYE to
Unconscious bias plagues hiring decisions, employee growth,
productivity, and retention. Here are six strategies that help
eliminate it.
By Michele McDermott
Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain
groups of people that are formed outside conscious
awareness. Often, backgrounds, experiences, societal
stereotypes, and cultural context can impact people's
decisions and actions without them even realizing it.
Brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments
of people and situations. This is also referred to as a
" mental blind spot. "
If not understood, these biases or beliefs can turn into
prejudiced thoughts, which if not corrected, can then
turn into discrimination in the workplace. Biases impact
workplace decisions in several ways, including:
* perception;
* attitude;
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* behaviors;
* attention;
* listening; and
* micro-affi rmations.
A study by the Center for Talent Innovation looked at
unconscious bias and its toll on companies. The research
included a task force of HR offi cers and diversity
specialists at 86 multinational organizations, as well as
a national survey of 3,570 full-time, college-educated
employees in white-collar jobs. The results show that
companies experience less innovation and productivity
and higher turnover and burnout when employees
perceive biases. For example, 80 percent of respondents
who perceived bias would not refer potential candidates
to the company. The study also shows that employees

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