To help people make the most appropriate decisions when it comes to working with others â€“ and/or recruiting, promoting and managing them â€“ Engage in Learning has launched a video-based, interactive online learning programme on â€˜Unconscious Biasâ€™.
Engage in Learningâ€™s Managing Director, Chris Horseman, explained, â€œTo ensure that all workers give of their best in any and every situation, itâ€™s important for their managers and colleagues to be completely â€“ and truly â€“ rational, objective and unbiased in their treatment of them.
â€œWhile thereâ€™s now various pieces of legislation that protect people from bias and prejudice â€“ and, therefore, there are sanctions that can be applied to those who display conscious or unconscious bias in their dealings with others â€“ the issue is more far-reaching and important that merely ensuring you avoid punishment.
â€œFor organisational efficiency, effectiveness and profitability, itâ€™s important that all workers are treated fairly, encouraged in their roles and given every opportunity to develop to the best of their ability,â€ Horseman continued. â€œThat can only happen when bias of all kinds is eradicated in all interactions with these people.
â€œWe can all display unconscious biases in our dealings with others â€“ and these can easily affect our workplace decisions, especially when weâ€™re in the role of recruiter and/or manager,â€ he said. â€œUnconscious bias can affect our views on who to promote, how to give feedback, how to conduct appraisals â€“ in fact, all aspects of team dynamics and relationships.
â€œMoreover, since this bias is unconscious, weâ€™re unaware of the adverse, detrimental effect that itâ€™s having on our colleagues, ourselves and the organisationâ€™s performance and profitability.â€
To combat the effects of unconscious bias, the Engage in Learning online learning programme makes much use of interactive video to illustrate how unconscious bias can occur; offers some clues for how to spot when youâ€™re indulging in unconscious bias, and explains what to do to combat and prevent unconscious bias.
â€œAlthough we may not be aware of our biases, we can reduce their impact,â€ Horseman commented. â€œThe new Engage in Learning course covers a range of techniques that should help users design bias out of their workplace interactions.â€
For further details of the Engage in Learning Unconscious Bias programme, visit https://www.engageinlearning.com/course/unconscious-bias/
About Engage in Learning
A UK-based supplier of eLearning courses and solutions focusing on helping organisations improve their safety, compliance and performance, Engage in Learning aims to provide engaging and affordable learning thatâ€™s practical and effective in an organisational setting.
Further information from:
Chris Horseman, Engage in Learning, +44 (0)20 3758 9530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, email@example.com