by Christine Comaford
Originally published: June 25, 2016
One of the key topics I’m asked about these days is unconscious bias training. More and more studies come in every day that show diverse and inclusive teams (more on what that means later) consistently outperform teams made up of people who are very similar to each other. So it’s time to bust unconscious biases in business.
And that’s the tricky part.
While millions of training dollars have been spent over the past 30+ years on diversity, there is surprisingly little proof of results. In fact, the gender and racial diversity training we might be familiar with from the late ‘80s and ‘90s was widely reported to have had an adverse effect! It raised awareness of people’s differences but didn’t provide behavioral change strategies.
A study of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace.”