Interrupting Unconscious Bias for Supervisors

Course Description:

As a manager, you make personnel decisions every day that affect you, your team, and your organization. To ensure that you build and cultivate a talent-rich, diverse team or organization, you need to overcome your unconscious biases so they don’t interfere with your ability to make fair and objective decisions. This course will benefit all managers, supervisors, and workplace leaders who determine which applicants are interviewed and eventually hired, evaluate employee performance, enforce workplace policies and standards, and oversee employees’ daily activities. After completing this course, you’ll be able to identify your own unconscious biases so you can take steps to “interrupt” them when making critical personnel management decisions.

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Why “Interrupting Unconscious Bias for Supervisors” Matters:

Helping supervisors and managers learn how to address their unconscious biases can improve their objectivity and fair decision making, improving their effectiveness as leaders and their interactions with employees.  That can result in a more diverse, talent-rich workplace, and a work environment where people feel valued.

Key Points:

  • By virtue of their positions, managers’ and supervisors’ decisions and actions directly affect employees and the organization.
  • Unconscious biases interfere with objective decision-making.
  • To ensure the best possible working environment, managers and supervisors need to identify their unconscious biases to make fair and objective decisions.
  • Making it a point to identify your own unconscious biases will help you recognize situations where they’re likely to come into play or interfere, enabling you to use strategies to interrupt them.
  • The conscious use of micro-affirmations effectively blocks negative microbehaviors that result from unconscious biases.
  • Interrupting unconscious bias enables you to take a clear look at personnel management issues and move forward in a way that will build trust and create the opportunity for better communication, collaboration, and innovation.