Active Bystander: The Step Beyond Unconscious Bias
Nov 25th 19.00-20.30 GMT
Over 90% of the decisions you make every day are unconscious. Which means those decisions will be driven by your biases: your tendencies and life experience that have shaped who you are and what you do.
Once you understand how unconscious bias works and the problems with it, how do you change your behaviour and challenge those who are acting inappropriately?
When we witness an injustice, an unfair promotion decision, someone being overlooked, a rude comment or microaggression / microincivility, what can we do? We are bystanders in those situations and we have a choice – to be passive or to be active.
But that choice is hampered by our fears. “What if I say something and I make the situation worse?” “What if this is a career-limiting thing for me to raise?”
As a result, we usually choose the passive approach. We do nothing.
And that harms others as much as it harms us. Because others feel let down. And we feel inauthentic.
So, what can we do?
In this 90-minute practical skills builder limited to 12 participants, so that you can have maximum opportunity to work on your personal strengths and development areas, you will:
- Understand what exactly unconscious bias is and how it plays out in all aspects of your work and life.
- Explore how to slow down your thinking, so that you can bypass your own bias.
- Identify situations where you are a bystander, understanding the terms microaggression, microincivility and injustice.
- Explore various choices you have, far beyond simply “say something or don’t.” By giving you more choice and ideas on when to make each choice, you can approach conversations more confidently.
- And as experts in having conversations and changing behaviour, this is our sweet spot, so we’ll give you a load of practical tips to take away.
You will also have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others in the session. This peer support is the aspect of these workshops that people appreciate the most, as we realise we are not alone in our challenges and that we can build our skills and confidence.
Please note we are Business Psychologists and experts in unconscious bias, behavioural change and difficult conversations. We use this expertise in particular for selection for recruitment and promotion. We are not experts in Diversity and Inclusion and there are businesses out there who can help you and your company more specifically with improving inclusion. If you would like specific support on improving your inclusion, we recommend: