Unconscious bias is a very fashionable concept right now in business and education sectors in Europe and the US. What is it? It’s our innate people preferences which are then reinforced by social conditioning – we tend to prefer ‘people like us’. These preferences are often automatic and outside our conscious awareness, but are still at the heart of decisions we make when we think we are being rational. It’s compelling as an explanation for why discrimination persists even though we have stringent laws and policies to prevent it, but unconscious bias covers so much more and is secretly ruling so many of our decisions and judgements.
So to celebrate Halloween, we’ve put a list together of all the spooky ways that unconscious bias secretly rules us – take care out there!