Psychologist and business coach Jon Atkins, of Pearn Kandola LLP, teamed up with IP Inclusive this month to provide a two-part webinar on unconscious bias. It was an eye-opening and thought-provoking experience. Part I dealt with the basics: what types of bias occur and why, and the value of tackling them so as to create a more inclusive working environment. Part II illustrated real-world biases through a couple of case studies, and provided concrete suggestions for avoiding bias in our day-to-day work.
These biases aren’t typically borne of malice or stupidity. The clue’s in the name. Unconscious bias arises because our brains make sense of the world using pattern recognition, and because the patterns we recognise are based on experience and precedent and the perceived wisdom of others in our community. So, unless you’re the only person ever whose brain doesn’t process information in this way, we strongly recommend you find out more about unconscious bias, and how it impacts on you and the people you interact with.
In the meantime, here’s a more light-hearted look at the subject, by way of an excerpt from the Almost-Completely-Secret Diary of a CIPA President. Enjoy!
19 April 2016
He says that we must each go away and think about what we are going to do to make ourselves less biased and our workplaces more inclusive. He sounds like he means it. Inspired, I find the pen and paper I was accidentally sitting on, and write down ten things I must do to unbias myself.
IP Inclusive hopes to run further training on unconscious bias in the near future. Watch this space…