Understanding Unconscious Bias
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)
We have an interesting workshop for you on Tuesday 10th May on Understanding Unconscious Bias.
Arrival from 6pm - refreshments and networking then 6.30pm prompt start.
Presented by Laurence Harvey from Perspicuous www.perspicuous.co.uk, the session allows delegates to recognise how different peoples life experiences, upbringings, cultures, backgrounds and Protected Characteristics affect what we think and how we behave.
What is unconscious bias?
Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences. Biologically we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Social psychologists call this phenomenon ‘social categorisation’ whereby we routinely and rapidly sort people into groups. This preference bypasses our normal, rational and logical thinking. We use these processes very effectively (we call it intuition) but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern or perhaps even legal. Put simply, our neurology takes us to the very brink of bias and poor decision making.
Understand Unconscious Bias
This natural phenomenon is examined by conducting a quiz. Delegates answer 3 questions about the facilitator and identify why we make assumptions and what goes into them. Delegates experience the fact that initial assumptions can be so powerful that we can sometimes question the truth if it does not fit with what we expect. Delegates demonstrate the ‘halo and horns’ effect and prove to each other that it is our natural survival instincts that trigger the phenomenon of ‘fight or flight’ that can affect how our thoughts (attitudes) can affect our behaviour.
This session is concluded by understanding that negative assumptions that we have about others can become prejudices and wherever we have prejudices there is a chance that our behaviour towards them can be affected. Delegates will hear how other delegates react to people and situations that are different to their usual relationships, situations, experiences and environments.
This thought provoking, enlightening, interesting and challenging workshop provides delegates with the opportunity for honest self-reflection in a safe environment. Delegates take time to reflect on what has and still does influence their thoughts, values and opinions. Delegates are then able to check that their behaviour is fair and justifiable regardless of what they are thinking.
Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.
When & Where
CIPD North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Branch
Jo Gregory, Branch Administrator
Mobile: 07759 148284