Unconscious Bias Awareness Training
- Face-to-face (Half or full day for <15 people)
- Live Virtual (3hrs for <15 people)
- Conferences and events (<500 people)
- Webinar (1hr for <1000 people)
- With or without actors
- Fully customisable
Unconscious Bias Training
There are numerous studies reporting the impact of unconscious bias on day-to-day interactions; overweight people, those with a weak handshake or tattoos, and of course gender issues, race, LGBT (to name just a few!) As a result, individuals and organisations are missing out on great talent; not forming strong working relationships, inhibiting excellent performance etc. Some people are discouraging or disregarding others without even realising.
By raising awareness of bias from unconscious to conscious levels and providing simple tips to guard against unconscious bias, we are equipping our managers and colleagues to be more inclusive.
Our own journey
We begin with an activity that demonstrates how we draw on our lived experiences, assumptions and stereotypes when making everyday decisions, before exploring how this plays out in the workplace. There will then be an opportunity to work in small groups to reflect on personal experiences of biases and the impact.
Two thinking systems
Using an interactive activity, we will illustrate the concepts of fast and slow thinking, explore how easy it is to fall into the quick-thinking trap and consider where this is likely to impact most in the workplace.
Shining a light on unconscious bias
An opportunity to explore what we mean by unconscious bias and how we all have biases both conscious and unconscious. We will give examples of how, if unchallenged, unconscious bias can lead to unfair decision-making, in relationship building and general workplace interactions.
Types of unconscious bias
We explore a number of different types of bias that are common in workplaces including Gender, Affinity, Benevolence, Confirmation, Halo and Horns, and Groupthink. A small group activity will help to relate this to individual roles and workplaces.
Next, individuals are set a task that is known for its ability to create the kind of light-bulb moments that stay with you. The activity, called Connections, is designed to evaluate how affinity bias has impacted on our own world. Delegates are also signposted to an online Implicit Association test to increase self-awareness.
Together we identify ways to proactively broaden our perspectives on different groups of people in society.
Unconscious bias in action
Using a powerful video, we will demonstrate how some types of unconscious bias play out and in real life, before relating that to our own experiences and the workplace.
An activity that explores how micro behaviours (those little subconscious gestures of exclusion) can influence our interactions and how can we use micro affirmations to mitigate bias?
Summary and action planning
We will summarise the journey we have taken on the course and the group is then invited to share ideas from their personal action plan before making a commitment to help drive positive change.
Looking for Something Different?
How we arrive at the core learning depends on which road you want to take, how many people are on the journey and your reasons for embarking in the first place. Drop us a note with your availability for a call and together, we can create a roadmap to your next Diversity & Inclusion milestone.
What About Actors?
Through clever script writing, goose-bump inducing delivery and professional facilitation we can bring so much to life. We stimulate emotion, penetrate the long-term memory and create lasting change.
When we use live drama, we are able to have the actors play out the scenario and then be hot seated for the audience to ask them questions whilst they remain in character. Hot seating works so well because actors work with a pre-rehearsed backstory, so they are able to respond in character. They progressively reveal unexpected elements of their story that will not have previously been told. It can bust assumptions that the audience might have made based on the scenario (situation) but not fully understanding the impact at first sight.
Using actors in this programme enables us to bring to:
- Bring both the subtle, and not so subtle, inappropriate behaviours to life, literally
- Provide attendees with an opportunity to explore the fine line between what is and isn’t acceptable
- Give attendees a chance to challenge the actors whilst they are still in character
- Demonstrate that things aren’t always what they seem at first glance
- Provide delegates with an opportunity to test out alternative ways of approaching what can often be sensitive situations
- Create a goosebump-inducing learning experience that sticks in the long-term memory
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Natasha GrahamSenior Policy Officer - Diversity, Great London Authority
“The training was fantastic – it gave us time to reflect on the inclusive behaviours we have within the organisation but, more crucially, the inclusive behaviours that we have of ourselves”.WATCH ALL TESTIMONIALS