Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Unconscious bias: Roadblock to promoting diversity in the workplace - FORBES

by BHAVNA DALAL
Originally published: July 31, 2017
Publisher: Forbes.com

Unconscious bias is an aspect of our behaviour and thinking which may prompt us to behave a certain way with some individuals. We're usually unaware of our unconscious bias to people of some races or to the opposite gender which may be deemed discriminatory.

This unconscious behaviour is triggered by our brain which makes quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. It is influenced by our past experiences and cultural environment, and even our personality make-up. While taking a closer look at this unconscious bias may be an option in our personal lives, it becomes a problem when this bias creeps into our workplace.

Where is there so much talk about diversity these days? Why is the importance of having diversity in terms of gender, color, race, and geographical regions, in the workplace stressed upon?