All of us make judgements and assessments of people and situations that are influenced by our personal experiences, culture and background. Some people call these blind spots, others call them unconscious or implicit biases. These judgements are often made automatically and outside our conscious awareness.
How does one recognize their biases? We have all said “I had no idea” or “I did not mean it that way.” Stephen Covey says “You can’t talk yourself out of what you behaved your way into.” How do we uncover or discover our own unconscious or implicit biases? First, one has to be open to the possibility that you have unconscious or subconscious biases. Second, you have to be willing to confront your biases, challenge them or what we call – suspend judgment. It is a journey in self-awareness, understanding and quite frankly, accountability. How do you hold yourself and others accountable, how do you acknowledge and address your own unconscious biases? Should you point out others biases?
Are your biases based on age, gender, weight, race, religion, dress and other factors? Do you surround yourself with others who are like you?
In the workplace, unconscious bias impacts the way we recruit, hire and promote. Many workplaces are struggling to fill positions and build a high-performance organization with a culture of engagement and well-being. Unconscious bias could be influencing recruitment, hiring and promotions and creating road blocks in the development of a high-performance team. In this HR30 presentation you will learn:
- How to identify your blind spots
- How do my blind spots impact my professional and personal experiences?
- Once I own them, how do I move forward?
To learn more about this topic, check out our HR30 webinar, presented by Mauricio Velasquez.
The presenter Mauricio Velasquez, is President of The Diversity Training Group. Mr. Velasquez serves as a diversity and inclusion strategist, consultant, & trainer, a sexual harassment prevention trainer executive coach, mentor, expert witness and has assisted organizations with multi-cultural marketing and customer service. He is a former HR generalist and earned his MBA at GWU. Mr. Velasquez has trained over 950,000 employees, managers and executives in the areas of diversity, gender equity, mentoring, respect in the workplace and marketplace. A partial list of his customers include; Dominion Energy, US Postal Service, Architect of the Capitol, US Navy, Black & Decker, OMB, US Coast Guard, NASA and more