Unconscious bias affects people and people are the heart of the business. In this video, the correlation between unconscious bias, its affects on our careers and the effects on business, are discussed with diversity and recruiting expert Stacey Gordon.
- Is a small amount of bias really going to dramatically affect your workforce? The short answer, is yes. The long answer, still yes. Researchers from three universities collaborated to create a computer simulation that showed a one percent bias in favor of promoting men in the workplace. Now, you might think that beginning with the same number of men and women in entry level positions and applying a one percent bias in promotion wouldn't change the expected 50/50 outcome. Tackling unconscious bias is necessary to level the playing field.
Every decision made about a person from the time we're hired to the time we're promoted, passed over, get fired or quit. Each decision costs us and the company money. And the wrong decision sends us running to the nearest online employer rating board to post a negative review. The open source project from doesgenderbiasmatter.com lets you try out the simulation that mimics, not only the one percent bias in promotion, but bias at five and 10 percent as well.
The results are something we need to focus on. The initial simulation was only run at one percent and if you add promotions to the equation, things get worse. By adding in the bias that occurs when the job description is written, recruiting begins, interviews take place, hiring decisions are made, and then promotions are considered, you compound the situation. A small amount of bias has a large impact on our careers. The effects are dramatic and exponential.
And as we continue to shine a light on unconscious bias, we need to also keep in mind that candidates are beginning to make decisions about job offers based on a company's reputation and management of diversity issues. As candidates, we have choices. So in order to remain competitive, businesses will need to address each aspect of the hiring process from start to finish. What aspect of the recruitment process would you like to see modified? The next time you reject a job offer will you inform the company their lack of diversity or reluctance to address bias factored into your decision? If you are a company looking to hire, how are you going to distinguish your company as an employer of choice?
- What's unconscious bias and why does it matter?
- The impact of bias
- Identifying unconscious bias
- Affinity bias
- Halo bias
- Perception bias
- Confirmation bias