The business case for diverse and gender balanced businesses is incontrovertible. But in many ways we are still guided by anthropological imperatives that no longer have relevance in knowledge based 21st century economies and societies. No one is bias free and nowhere can it be more impactful than the work place. Here decisions are made every minute where unconscious bias creeps in undetected. So whether it’s in hiring decisions and processes, employee terms and conditions, promotion decisions and assignment allocation, the way meetings are held and run, it’s important for all managers and anyone in a position of influence and authority to be aware of their own biases.
This is not about trying to fix anyone or anything. It’s about creating a bias conscious culture where processes and practises are in place to facilitate business success.