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Q. How do I help my company avoid unconscious bias in the workplace?
A. A bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person or group as compared with another. We all have biases. Biases can be based on any number of stereotypes, whether it is race, gender, age, national origin, religion, etc. In a perfect world, individuals would not act on their biases; however, our world is far from perfect and employees can and do bring their biases to work.
When employees bring biases into the workplace, whether they are overt or subtle, the consequences can be damaging for the employer, especially in this social media age, when racial biases can and will be caught on camera and “go viral” almost instantly.