Unconscious bias refers to the biases we all have of which we are not in conscious control. Evidence suggests these biases can heavily influence recruitment and selection decisions.
Why is this issue important for Prospect?
Unconscious bias has been identified as an issue affecting many Prospect members:
- performance management outcomes in both the Civil Service and telecoms sectors show potential bias in decision making against black and disabled workers;
- surveys of women in STEM show that people who work part-time generally find it very difficult to be taken seriously for promotion opportunities.
As a consequence of this, Prospect has developed learning materials for reps and members to help them to combat unconscious bias in their workplace.
The above video is a short iTutorial for reps which aims to provide them with an understanding of:
- what unconscious bias is
- the impact it has on individuals
- the impact it has on businesses
- what employers can do to combat unconscious bias.
Prospect also runs training courses on unconscious bias. If you think this would be useful for your branch please contact POLAeducation@prospect.org.uk.
Challenging your unconscious bias
Follow the link to test your own unconscious bias.