According to United Nations, 'Discriminatory behaviour takes many forms but all involve some form of exclusion or rejection'. Through ongoing research conducted in various institutions around the world, it has become increasingly apparent that colleagues make choices which subtlety discriminate in favour of or against certain characteristics in a person or group.
These choices are based at an unconscious level, known as Unconscious (Implicit) bias or hidden assumptions. Biases are triggered by our brains making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations based on our background, cultural environment and our experiences.
Acknowledging and taking responsibility for diversity has a strong business, ethical and moral imperative.
Unconscious biases and implicit associations can and do have an impact on group attitude and behaviours which influence key decisions within organisations where opportunities are missed.
It is therefore important to develop a clear understanding of how to manage diversity, biases and to recognise the value of creating an open, fair, and inclusive workplace culture.
The workshop will be interactive, with anecdotes, case law and practice scenarios. Due to the expertise and experience of the facilitator, the session can be adapted to meet participants’ needs.
All queries will be responded to in a sensitive and understanding manner. Taking into consideration that some of the discussions may be highly emotive, the facilitation style and method will model the concept of respect and dignity